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EPA Dental Effluent Guidelines

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their dental effluent guidelines in 2017. Amalgam separators are now required pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).  EPA expects compliance with this final rule will annually reduce the discharge of mercury by 5.1 tons as well as 5.3 [...]

EPA Dental Effluent Guidelines2018-01-19T17:00:13-04:00

Mercury Hygiene in Dental Clinics

This article from the IAOMT offers an overview of occupational hazards of dental mercury and pertinent U.S. regulations. Because of daily exposures to dental mercury in their breathing zone during the placement, cleaning, polishing, removal, and other practices involving amalgam fillings, dentists, dental staff, and dental students are exposed to mercury at a greater rate [...]

Mercury Hygiene in Dental Clinics2018-01-19T14:41:25-04:00

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

On July 1, 2016, the IAOMT protocol recommendations were officially renamed as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), and a training course for IAOMT dentists to become certified in SMART was initiated. Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing [...]

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique2018-01-19T14:36:55-04:00

Dental Waste Management: Recommended Best Solutions

By: Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD As many of us know, the issue of mercury discharges from amalgam waste impacts nearly every dental office.   Research in the United States and other countries has repeatedly demonstrated that dental offices play a significant role in releasing mercury into the environment.  Furthermore, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Dental Waste Management: Recommended Best Solutions2018-01-19T14:26:12-04:00