Dental Waste Management & Disposal
Med Cycle Systems specializes in dental waste disposal Services. We provide OSHA-required bloodborne pathogens training for dental healthcare personnel, sharps disposal service, amalgam disposal, fixer & developer and dental waste disposal services.
Whether you're an existing dental clinic, opening a new office, or buying another dentist’s practice, we understand that you have unique disposal needs plus the day-to-day demands of your dental practice. To help protect you and your staff, Med Cycle Systems offers a variety of compliant dental waste services, safety training resources, and on call management services.
Just as your patient care is important to you, our customers are important to us. This is why we focus on customer service, compliance and safety. We work hard to make sure that you, our customer, is satisfied and assured that your medical waste is handled responsibly. We tailor our service to meet your needs, adapting when we need and addressing situations before they become issues makes us one step above the competition.
We provide OSHA-Required Bloodborne Pathogens Training for You and Your Dental Office Personnel. As an employer, you are responsible for the safety of your dental hygienists and others who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens while caring for your dental patients. We understand the particular needs and concerns of dental clinics, and we can help protect you and reduce risk with online and/or onsite training to meet your annual medical waste disposal requirements.
Dental Waste Management:
Dental offices produce a variety of dangerous medical wastes during a normal business day. These wastes must be properly managed for clean water. Wastewater from a dental office is regulated through both dangerous-waste and water-quality rules.
Amalgam Separators are Required:
All dentists are required to have an amalgam separator and to maintain it carefully to keep wastewater clean. This applies to offices on sewer lines and septic systems. Those on a septic system may only a use commercial system with a holding tank and should have it tested regularly for contamination.
Dentists can effectively manage dangerous waste following the information below:
Common Wastes in Dental Offices describes materials that can be dangerous waste.
Dental Amalgam Wastes offers dangerous waste guidance for dental professionals.
Choosing an Amalgam Separator offers guidance on this important topic.
Dangerous Wastes from X-Ray Operations describes how to manage the silver, lead, and hydroquinone wastes that photographic x-ray processes produce.
Silver Recovery Canisters for Used X-ray Fixer in Dental Offices discusses the maintenance and operation of these systems.
Cleaners/ Disinfectants in Dental Offices discusses disinfectants, cleaning solutions, chemiclave solutions and cold sterilants and the safest options for flushing vacuum systems. Never bleach your vacuum system.
Sampling Dental Wastewater tells how to set up a device that allows the wastewater to be sampled before discharge to the sanitary sewer.
Best Management Practices for Dental Office Wastes is a downloadable Ecology publication that explains how dental offices should handle wastes.
Mercury in Biosolids/Sewage Sludge uses data to describe the effects of amalgam separators on protecting municipal water treatment. Measuring mercury residue in sewage sludge shows marked reductions after installation mandates.
Federal Pretreatment Regulation, 40 CFR part 403, requires that all non-domestic sources of wastewater which represent significant sources of loadings which could harm POTW water systems must obtain a permit and meet local limits. Dentists must generally install and maintain an amalgam separator to meet those limits.
Dentists reminded to keep mercury out of their waste water is a press release from 2005.
Mercury - Dental Topic Hub™ at the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange offers ways for dental professionals to prevent pollution.
Dental Amalgam from the US Food and Drug Administration
Fact Sheet - Mercury Use in Dental Amalgam from the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)