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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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A Guide for Managing Mercury and Amalgam Wastes
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides guidelines for managing mercury and amalgam wastes in dental offices. Included are information on elemental mercury, amalgam capsules, dental amalgam, recycling scrap amalgam, chair-side traps, amalgam traps, amalgam separators, plumbing replacement and repairs, additional sources of mercury in dental offices, and office renovations.
Dentist Offices & Mercury
Abstract: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), is among the Wisconsin DNR, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Dental Association and member components, and other publicly owned wastewater treatment works working together in The Wisconsin Dental Mercury Pollution Prevention Program. This program is intended to reduce the mercury discharge from dental offices. Site includes general information about reducing discharges of mercury from dental offices, a guide booklet on amalgam management, an amalgam separator installation schedule report, and a link to the text of relevant rules.
Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Dentist the Menace? The Uncontrolled Release of Dental Mercury
Abstract: Written by Michael Bender, this Health Care Without Harm report explores the issue of waste dental mercury disposal. Includes sections on the occurrence and toxicity of mercury, dental mercury disposal routes, challenges to reducing dental mercury releases, and case studies of dental mercury reduction initiatives from several U.S. states as well as other countries. The report ends with a list of recommendations for addressing the proper handling of dental mercury waste. (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages)
Source: Health Care Without Harm
Frequently Asked Questions Recycling of Elemental Mercury and Dental Amalgam in New York
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides frequently asked questions and answers related to recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam in the state of New York.
Managing Wastes From Health Care Providers [PDF]
Abstract: This MPCA fact sheet is intended to assist health care providers with proper waste management. For the purposes of this fact sheet "health care providers" include "a school or plant nurse's office, a physicians' office, a dental office, a medical clinic or center, an assisted-care or long-term care facility, a hospital, a veterinary clinic or animal hospital and those personnel providing health care or operating such facilities." Waste types discussed include hazardous wastes, industrial solid waste, infectious waste, pharmaceutical waste, radioactive wastes, and sewerable waste. (PDF Format; Length: 7 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Mercury and Dental Amalgam Recyclers in New York State
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides a list of mercury and dental amalgam recyclers in the state of New York. Each record includes a phone number, services provided, what types of amalgam are accepted, cost, and other notes.
Abstract: Includes information on all aspects of mercury in health care settings including best management practices for products containing mercury.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals/Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Mercury Reduction at Healthcare Facilities
Abstract: In 1999, The NH Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NH Hospital Association's Foundation for Healthy Communities to promote the reduction of mercury in health care facilities. This page provides the results of this project and information on the dangers of mercury, sources of mercury in healthcare facilities, and tips for reducing mercury in healthcare facilities.
Source: New Hamshire Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program
Mercury Use: Dentists
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in dental offices, primarily amalgams.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
New York State's Dental Mercury and Amalgam Recycling Law
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides the text of a New York state law dealing with the recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam by dentists.
New York: Regulations for Mercury and Amalgam Recycling at Dental Facilities
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site describes standards for management of mercury and dental amalgam wastes at dental facilities in New York. The 6 NYCRR Part 374-4 regulations are effective May 12, 2006.
Reducing Mercury Use in Healthcare: Promoting a Healthier Environment: A How-to Manual
Abstract: The purpose of this manual is to help hospitals start mercury pollution prevention programs or accelerate programs that have already begun.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office
Wisconsin: Safe Communities and Safe Schools Mercury Reduction Act
Abstract: Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin introduced H.R. 4260 into the House of Representatives on May 04, 2004. This legislation will provide $75 million in grants to support comprehensive mercury reduction efforts, while restricting the sale of mercury containing fever thermometers and requiring amalgam separation by dentists.
Source: Thomas Register