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Management Practices for Dental Offices

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description NBC's Pollution Prevention and Industrial Pretreatment Programs have developed a set of Environmental Best Management Practices (EBMPs) for dental offices that focuses on proper management of dental amalgam waste and establishes streamlined wastewater discharge permit conditions/guidelines for these operations.

Dental offices that adopt these EBMPs are allowed to eliminate end-of-pipe monitoring requirements provided they certify compliance with EBMP guidelines that include: installation and proper operation of an ISO certified Amalgam Separator with a 99 percent or greater amalgam removal efficiency; development and implementation of mercury spill control procedures; a thorough assessment of all existing sink traps and drains; proper maintenance and operation of vacuum pump filters; compliance with specific record keeping requirements; development and implementation of an employee environmental training program; and installation and proper maintenance of chair-side amalgam traps. NBC plans to finalize these EBMPs and distribute them as part of a permitting initiative in early 2004.

Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-461-8848 ext. 352
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 3, Fall 2003


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