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Pollution Prevention in NH Dental Offices

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description The New Hampshire Dental Society (NHDS) began working with the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) in 2001 to communicate and disseminate valuable information to the NH dental community. The partnership promotes the proper management and recycling of mercury-containing wastes and x-ray wastes (including compliance with environmental laws and regulations) and encourages the use of non-mercury amalgams.

The results of a dental survey (used to evaluate the level of awareness and degree of mercury amalgam use, recycling, and disposal among NH dentists) have been collected and analyzed. Over 400 dentists, or 42 percent, responded to the survey.

Results of the survey include:

-243 dentists use both amalgam and composites;

-39 dentists only use composites;

-50 dentists only use amalgam;

-173 dentists currently recycle waste amalgam;

-271 dentists dispose of x-ray fixer solution as hazardous waste; and

-225 dentists dispose of fluorescent bulbs in solid waste.

Based on survey results, NHDS focused newsletter articles on proper disposal of mercury-containing lamps and devices, recycling of x-ray fixer solution, and a hazardous waste rule change for mercury amalgam. In the Summer of 2002, NHPPP and the N.H. Dental Society created and distributed the Best Management Practices for N.H. Dental Offices. This guidance document provides both compliance and P2 suggestions to every licensed dentist in N.H. The BMP manual is available online at http://www.des.state.nh.us/nhppp/dental.

More Info www.des.state.nh.us/nhppp/dental.htm
Project Contact
Name Sara Johnson
Phone 603-271-6460
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2002 [PDF]


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