All dental facilities deal with general and regulated waste. One type of regulated waste is hazardous waste. Once employees are trained in the procedures of handling, management and disposal, hazardous waste management is not complex. Dental hygienists need to be aware of the federal and state regulations associated with the different types of dental waste. A comprehensive program of infection control and safety includes policies, procedures and practices relevant to dental waste.
The goal of a waste management program is to provide all dental health-care workers (DHCW) with a working knowledge of potential health hazards and the regulatory standards associated with hazardous products. This includes being able to:
• Minnesota Dental Society Publications:
•Oregon Dental Association BMPs:
• NY State Department of Conservation Recyclers List
http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/redrecy/merclist.htm Exposure to amalgam waste You may or may not directly handle amalgam products, but there is a possibility that you could be exposed to its waste. The American Dental Association recommends Best Management Practices for dentists. These include: