Dental offices produce a variety of dangerous wastes during a normal business day. These wastes must be properly managed for clean water. Wastewater from a dental office is regulated through both dangerous-waste and water-quality rules.
Amalgam Separators are Required
All dentists are required to have an amalgam separator and to maintain it carefully to keep wastewater clean. This applies to offices on sewer lines and septic systems. Those on a septic system may only a use commercial system with a holding tank and should have it tested regularly for contamination.
Dentists can effectively manage dangerous waste following the information below:
Mercury - Dental Topic Hub™ at the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange offers ways for dental professionals to prevent pollution.
Dental Amalgam from the US Food and Drug Administration
Fact Sheet - Mercury Use in Dental Amalgam from the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)
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