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 requires
the installation of amalgam separators in the wastewater discharge
by January 1, 2007.
How Does a Dental Office Comply?
- Read and comply with the Dental
- Self-certify your compliance status with the Dental BMPs by
filing a self-certification
form by January 31, 2011 and every two years thereafter (not
required for orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and oral
- Install an amalgam separator on
your wastewater discharge (except for orthodontists, periodontists,
endodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, and practices that do not
place or remove amalgam).
"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.