What Is Amalgam?
New laws require dentists to follow ODA Best Management Practices and install amalgam separators
A new state law (Senate Bill 704) took effect Jan. 1, 2008, and subsequently was revised in 2009 (HB 3611), requiring
How does this new requirement affect you?
- If your practice doesn’t place or remove dental amalgam or other dental materials containing mercury, you most likely will not have to install an amalgam separator. One exception may be if during tooth extraction a dentist cuts through amalgam. You still need to install a separator.
- Jan. 1, 2010 is the date when all dental offices were required to install amalgam separators in their offices.
- If you are building a new office or operatory, amalgam separators are required in all new dental office construction after Jan. 1, 2008.
- All Oregon dentists must comply with the ODA's BMP's (Best Management Practices for Dental Waste). Check out the Dental Waste Recycling Information below.
Mercury/ Amalgam Collection - no longer free but still available at local waste facilities.
Full text of Senate Bill 704
Full text of House Bill 3611
If dental offices or waste water districts have questions regarding Senate Bill 704/ House Bill 3611 or the ODA BMP program certification, they may contact any of the following for assistance:
- Marney Jett, Clean Water Services, 503.681.5124, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brett Hulstrom, City of Portland, BES, 503.823.7807, Brett.Hulstrom@portlandoregon.gov
- Association of Clean Water Agencies, Janet Gillaspie, 503.236.6722, email@example.com
- League of Oregon Cities, 503.588.6550 or 800.452.0338, www.orcities.org
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Kevin Masterson, 503.229.5983 ext 260, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oregon Dental Association, Beryl Fletcher, 503.218.2010, 800.452.5628 email@example.com
*The Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies, Oregon DEQ, Oregon Dental Association, the League of Oregon Cities, and the Oregon Board of Dentistry have collaborated to assist dentists and water districts in efforts to comply with Senate Bill 704.