EPA Compliance Made Simple
The Solmetex Compliance Program helps dental practices handle amalgam waste disposal so clinicians can focus on patient care.
Oral health professionals are dedicated to improving the oral health of their patients through the education and clinical care they provide every day. Part of providing that care safely is complying with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for amalgam disposal. But who has time to develop an effective and comprehensive waste regulation plan?
Solmetex takes the guesswork out of the EPA regulations with its Compliance Program. Designed to help busy dental practices achieve and maintain compliance with the EPA’s Dental Effluent Guidelines, the Solmetex Compliance Program provides everything necessary to ensure the proper handling and recycling of amalgam waste (Figure 1).
What the Program Has to Offer
Enrollment in the Solmetex Compliance Program enables offices to select their own auto-delivery schedule of any or all of the products required by the regulation:
• NXT Hg5 Collection Containers
The NXT Hg5 is available in three sizes to fit the needs of any dental practice. It is also certified by NSF International; professionally engineered with a robust, simple design; easy to operate and maintenance free; flexible design for hard-to-fit applications; and functional for wet or dry vacuum systems. The Collection Container (bottom chamber) must be replaced every 12 months or when it reaches the full line, whichever occurs first.
• PowerScrub Vacuum Line Cleaner
With the cleaning action of SmartScrub Technology, PowerScrub Vacuum Line Cleaner releases specific enzymes to dissolve vacuum line debris on contact. The eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable formulation remains in the water lines overnight for continual cleaning action and rinses clean when the job is done. PowerScrub has a neutral pH between 6 and 8, meeting the EPA requirements. It is the only vacuum line cleaner that contains Mereduce™, which inhibits the release of harmful mercury.
• Practice Waste Solutions
Solmetex offers a variety of disposal kits for all sizes and types of dental practices, including amalgam buckets, lead buckets, photo chemical recovery, and biohazard sharps disposal.
The Solmetex Compliance Program is easy to join through its online Compliance Center, which also provides Certificates of Recycling and the ability to print shipping labels. Solmetex’s turnkey auto-fulfillment program is designed to ensure the dental practice is always in compliance and maintaining an inspection-ready practice. Offices set the custom schedule that works best for the practice. Simply select your product(s), set your schedule and shipment frequency, and Solmetex does the rest. No contracts and no fees.
Visit solmetex.com/compliance-program to learn how to enroll.
From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2022;8(3)25.