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Dental amalgam is produced by mixing sliver, tin, zinc and copper powder with up to 50% mercury. Amalgam is used by dentists to fill irregular cavities in teeth as it will harden and remain durable in the mouth.
The Hazardous Waste Directive (91/689/EEC) stipulates that all amalgam waste produced in dental practices must be disposed of without endangering human health and the environment. Amalgam waste is also classified as hazardous under the European Waste Catalogue requirements and must be collected and the mercury recovered.
During the process of filling the irregular cavities in people’s teeth various size particles of amalgam become discarded and can end up in the waste water stream via the dentist’s suction device.
To prevent this occurring, and to ensure your compliance with legislation, an amalgam separator must be fitted to prevent any hazardous discharge. Our amalgam separator removes up to 99.8% of amalgam particulates from your surgery's waste water stream.
The amalgam separator operates on the principle of sedimentation containing no electronics or moving parts. This provides a silent operation and minimal surgery downtime during services.
The disposal of wastes into water systems is known as ‘waste water discharge’ and is subject to conditions and controls set by the UK’s 12 water and sewerage undertakers.
Healthcare organisations in particular carry out a number of activities that do, or have the potential to, result in the discharge of various items and substances to sewerage systems.
While most of the wastewater from the clinical environment in dental practices is already subject to a number of regulations, this new guidance has a particular impact on the ‘dirty sinks’ in practices. Its aim is to reduce the amount of amalgam, and subsequently mercury, reaching the sewerage system.
Our Amalgam separators can be fitted to all outlets for wastewater and this includes the dirty sink areas in which you wash your instruments and other multi-use equipment.
Our ‘Pure Motion’ amalgam separator operates on the principle of sedimentation and removes up to 99.8% of amalgam particulates from your surgery's wastewater stream. It also has no moving parts and therefore provides silent operation and minimal surgery downtime during services.
Our helpful guide to the correct waste colour coding shows the various disposal methods depending on the type of waste
Find out more about the extensive legislation controlling the handling, collection and disposal of clinical waste
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