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COMPLIANCE
CORNER

By Bryan Foss
Reprinted with permission
from HealthFirst

EPA Reinstates
Dental Amalgam Rule - What
You Need to Know
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY (EPA) ORIGINAL DENTAL
amalgam rule went into effect on July 14.
Compliance for most dentists will be
required by July 14, 2020. Here's what you
need to know and do for compliance.

Specifics of the EPA Dental
Amalgam Rule
The final rule closely follows the ADA's best
management practices, which require dental
practices to do the following:
* Operate and maintain one or more
ISO 11143 compliant amalgam separators.
* Follow two best management practices:
❍ Must not discharge scrap amalgam
waste to POTWs.
❍ Must not use line cleaners that have a
pH level higher than 8 or lower than 6.
The new rule also meets the nine
principles established by the ADA House of
Delegates as a condition for ADA support for
a national rule.

Dental Practices Affected by the Rule
The EPA rule will affect existing and
new dental practices that discharge
dental amalgam. Accordingly,
dental offices must meet the Clean
Water Act's technology-based
pretreatment standards for the

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discharges of pollutants into
publicly owned treatment works.

Dental Practices not Affected
* Dentists who practice oral pathology,
oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral
and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics,
periodontics, and prosthodontics are
exempt from the rule.
* Dentists who do not place amalgam
and only remove amalgam in unplanned
or emergency situations (estimated at
less than 5 percent of removals) are
also exempt.
* Mobile dental units are exempt.
* Dentists who already have separators are
grandfathered for 10 years before their
separators must comply with ISO 11143
requirements.

EPA Dental Amalgam Rule -
Additional Information
Need to know more information about the
dental amalgam rule? Check out other
HealthFirst resources:
* http://blog.healthfirst.com/
epa-dental-amalgam-rule-top-5-things/
* http://www.healthfirst.com/
dental-waste/
* http://www.healthfirst.com/ada/
amalgam/.

Oregon Dental Association


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - November 2017

Guest Editorial
New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Events and Education
Molar Movement
Insider Results
ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Compliance Corner
Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Through the Loupes
Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
Society Updates
Dental Foundation of Oregon
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Intro
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Guest Editorial
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 5
Membership Matters - November 2017 - New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Molar Movement
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Insider Results
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 14
Membership Matters - November 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Compliance Corner
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Through the Loupes
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 19
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 23
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - 26
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 27
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Society Updates
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - 30
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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