Spill Station recants standard claim

SPILL management company Spill Station Pty Ltd, its CEO Nathan Cartwright and the association he helped create, AusSpill Association Limited, have been forced to walk back several statements they made.
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Spill Station, AusSpill and Nathan Cartwright have been forced to hose down statements they made.

AusSpill was responsible for developing a document it called "the Australian Spill Control Industry Standard for Spill Response Kits (ASCIS2695)".

One of Spill Stations's competitors, Global Spill Control Pty Ltd, took issue with that and brought an action in the Supreme Court of Western Australia saying the claim was misleading.

It sought an injunction to stop the claim continuing to be made and that injunction was granted in April.

On July 23, AusSpill Association, Spill Station and Cartwright released a "corrective statement" saying, among other things, that ASCIS2695 was not an Australian Standard.

The statement comes following mediation between the parties.

In the statement it is admitted that AusSpill, Spill Station and Cartwright made various publications and statements describing ASCIS2695 in various ways, which Global Spill Control alleged was misleading.

"Following mediation between the parties, AusSpill, Spill Station and Mr Cartwright would like to clarify the following matters:

  • ASCIS2695 is not an Australian Standard, Industry Standard or standard;
  • AusSpill does not represent the majority of the retailers, manufacturers or suppliers of spill control/response equipment in Australia;
  • It is not mandatory for any person, business or corporation to comply with ASCIS2695, whether by law or otherwise;
  • There is no Australian standard or other regulation, law or otherwise in Australia as to the colour of spill control kit containers; and
  • Products which contain the AusSpill mark of compliance are not superior to products that do not contain the AusSpill mark," the statement said.