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How waste management best practices can help your dental office

How waste management best practices can help your dental office

Dentists and dental practices must be well-versed in many regulations that affect their industry. This includes waste management, a very broad area considering how many different types of waste are handled in dental facilities.

Dental waste management best practices must cover dental amalgam, silver, clinical waste, pharmaceutical waste and sharps. With all that to handle, it's no wonder the American Dental Association[...]

Does your dental practice properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste

Does your dental practice properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste

Every dentist and dental practice comes in contact with pharmaceutical waste. Not only is it important for office employees to properly handle pharmaceutical waste, but it is also important that they ensure the waste is disposed of properly per regulations.

As with any form of waste handled by dentists, which can include dental amalgam, x-ray waste, sharps and more, pharmaceutical waste is closely regulated. It must be[...]

What OSHA and the FDA want dentists to know about mercury

What OSHA and the FDA want dentists to know about mercury

Many jobs come with hazards that employees must take into account. Dentists and others employed by dental practices are no different.

As the entity charged with creating and enforcing rules regarding workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps a close eye on one potential hazard those working in the dental industry are well aware of: mercury that is found in dental amalgam.

Numerous[...]

How to choose the best dental amalgam separator

How to choose the best dental amalgam separator

Less than a year from today, Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring the separating and recycling of dental amalgam go into effect. This means your dental practice, if it has not already, needs to install and begin using an amalgam separator.

If you are working to come into compliance with the EPA’s regulations, then you have come to the right place. Dental amalgam has been a hot topic in the industry[...]

Keep your dental office clean and compliant with this checklist

Keep your dental office clean and compliant with this checklist

A good first impression can be made or broken by appearances. Dentists and their patients know this, as a sparkling smile can make a great first impression.

But dentists also know there’s another first impression that they must manage: office cleanliness. When people visit a dental office, they expect a clean environment.

If somebody is in search of a new dentist, they will often want to visit the office before they[...]

How dental offices should dispose of X-ray waste

How dental offices should dispose of X-ray waste

As dentists work to find the best treatment method for each of their individual patients’ needs, X-rays will be one of the practices undoubtedly considered as an option for exploring how to proceed with treatment.

However, although X-rays are a vital tool for those who work in offices or other dental settings, this tool has become a focus of the American Dental Association and the Environmental Protection Agency.[...]

Does your office folllow these amalgam waste best management practices?

Does your office folllow these amalgam waste best management practices?

Though dental amalgam is considered by the American Dental Association as a safe, affordable and durable material for use in filling cavities and restoring teeth, the importance of its proper disposal cannot be understated.

That’s due to the environmental concerns presented by mercury, a chemical element present in amalgam. Dental amalgam is a mix of liquid mercury and a powder that is made up of silver, tin, copper,[...]

Here is what dentists should know about dental amalgam separators

Here is what dentists should know about dental amalgam separators

With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on the use of amalgam separators being finalized and the compliance date being set for July 14, 2020, it is definitely time for dental practices to brush up on their knowledge of amalgam separators.

Every dental practice should be familiar with amalgam separators, how they work, how they can differ by type and why they are an important feature of every[...]

How dental offices should dispose of sharps

How dental offices should dispose of sharps

Dental offices generate a lot of waste. Some of that waste needs to be disposed of properly and there are regulations in place that ensure this happens.

In dental offices, medical waste falls into several regulated categories include dental amalgam, pharmaceuticals and sharps, among others.

Sharps are the most common medical waste in dental offices, according to AEGIS Dental Network.

Sharps are also the most publicly[...]

Here's what you should know about dental amalgam and its waste

Here's what you should know about dental amalgam and its waste

Dental amalgam has been a topic of conversation for many years because of one primary ingredient - mercury. Though studies are widely available that show amalgam is absolutely safe for patients and for dentists to use when filling cavities, many patients still have questions.

Dental offices should be prepared to not only address patients questions, but also to understand why recent EPA regulations focus on dental amalgam[...]

How Mercury From Dental Amalgam Affects the Enviroment

How Mercury From Dental Amalgam Affects the Enviroment

Most people know dental amalgam fillings as silver fillings because of the silver color of the material used to fill cavities. It's a very common type of filling because it's durable and effective.

Dental amalgam contains small amounts mercury, though. This is why amalgam waste, in bulk, becomes a concern.

If your dental office doesn't properly handle its amalgam waste, the mercury found in the material could put the[...]

Why amalgam recycling should be a top priority for dental offices

Why amalgam recycling should be a top priority for dental offices

Is your office in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s dental amalgam waste regulations?

As the 2020 compliance deadline approaches, your dental office should be taking significant steps toward achieving compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) dental amalgam rule. The rule manages how to prevent amalgam waste from entering wastewater and sewer systems.

Realizing that proper[...]

Lead Disposal: How to Dispose of Lead Foil Waste

Lead Disposal: How to Dispose of Lead Foil Waste

For many years, lead was used in all kinds of applications. The oldest known item made using lead is an Egyptian figurine from 4,000 BC!

It took centuries for people to discover that lead actually carries a lot of risks. However, it still has some uses in the modern day, especially in the medical and dental fields.

If you work in a dental office, you'll definitely need to know about proper lead disposal. Not sure how to[...]

What is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and How Do I Comply With It?

What is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and How Do I Comply With It?

The United States passed many of the current environmental protection laws in the 1970s. In 1976, the US passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA. RCRA is one of a handful of environmental statutes that deal with specific types of waste.

Most dentists are aware of laws that require them to properly dispose of biological waste. But did you know that dentists are also subject to RCRA?

Not sure what RCRA is[...]

The EPA Regulations for Medical Waste You Should Know About

The EPA Regulations for Medical Waste You Should Know About

The proper disposal of medical waste became a concern for the EPA in the 1980s. Materials began showing up on beaches along the east coast that scared the nation.

There are regulations specific to area and state, as well as regulations that fall under the federal rule of EPA. It's important to understand regulations to promote the health of your community and avoid any punitive measures.

We've compiled a list of some[...]

Understanding Waste Management: 6 Common Types of Dental Waste and How to Handle Them

Understanding Waste Management: 6 Common Types of Dental Waste and How to Handle Them

With around 195,722 dentists practicing in the U.S. as of 2012 alone, you can bet there are massive amounts of dental waste being produced.

Is your practice in compliance with all the new regulations for waste management?

If you're not sure, it's time to find out!

We've made it very simple with this guide to understanding dental waste management. Here are 6 common types of dental waste and how you can dispose of them[...]