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Dental Amalgam Separator Regulations for 2020

Does this affect your dental practice?

The Environmental Protection Agency established a rule on the disposal of dental amalgam in July of 2017. But in 2020, this rule becomes mandatory for all dentists. Those not in compliance could face risks of fines and other penalties. Here’s what you need to know:

What is the dental amalgam separator rule?

The EPA dental amalgam separator rule states that dentists must use an amalgam separator in their chair-side fountains where waste is disposed of. This is to filter out mercury from the waste materials to prevent it from entering the water supply. In addition to installing, monitoring and maintaining the separators, practices must fill out a compliance report within the first 90 days of implementation.

Why did the EPA establish this rule?

The rule has been established because of the dangers of mercury and the fact that fillings are often comprised of fifty-percent mercury. Because mercury falls into the category of neurotoxins, it can be extremely hazardous to people, animals, and the environment if it enters the food, water, and air supply. Exposure to mercury can damage a person’s immune system, and the nervous system and is especially dangerous for pregnant women and their developing embryos.

When will the rule become mandatory?

Dentists must have the amalgam separators in their practice by July 14, 2020, to avoid non-compliance. All new practices established after July 2017 must comply immediately.

Are all dentists required to comply with this EPA rule?

All general dentists are required to comply, but there are some specialists who are exempt. These include:

  • Oral Pathologists
  • Oral Radiologist
  • Maxillofacial Radiologists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Periodontists
  • Prosthodontists

Following EPA regulations is critical for all dental practices and can protect you from serious penalties and fines. Be sure that all your staff members are trained properly and that you are up to date on all mandates that apply to your facility. To learn more about the proper disposal of dental amalgam or any other medical waste that your practice generates, give All Points Medical Waste a call today or fill out this form and we will be happy to discuss your needs with you.

All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida. We serve South Florida from Indian River County to Broward County, including all of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Medical Waste. All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated medical waste disposal and compliance company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.
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