Environmental Management for Dental Offices
Legal Requirements: Dental Best Management Practices and Amalgam
In 2005, legislation
was passed in Vermont requiring dental offices to comply with environmental
best management practices (BMPs) for amalgam wastes developed by
the Department of Environmental Conservation. The law also required
the installation of amalgam separators in the wastewater discharge
by January 1, 2007.
How Does a Dental Office Comply?
IMPORTANT: Orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons are NOT required to file a self-certification form or install an amalgam separator.
All other dental practices:
- Read and comply with the Dental BMPs.
- Install an amalgam separator on your wastewater discharge (more information).
- Self-certify your compliance status with the Dental BMPs by filing a self-certification form by January 31st every other year starting in 2011.
Questions? Contact Karen Knaebel at (802) 522-5736 or by email at email@example.com.
"The Environmentally Responsible
Dental Office: A Guide to Proper Waste Management in Dental Offices".
Produced by the Northeast Resource Center of the National Wildlife
Federation and the Vermont State Dental Society, June 1999.