New Amalgam Management, Requirements for Dental Practices
Dental practices that remove and/or place amalgam fillings must use approved amalgam management practices and install an amalgam separator. Such a separator is in addition to chair-side traps and vacuum filters that may already exist. The separator device must be ISO-certified to remove 95% of amalgam particles.
These new regulations are going into effect in the following cities: Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.
A facility is exempt from this requirement if amalgam fillings are removed or placed 3 or fewer days per year and the facility serves the following primary function:
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Oral pathology or oral medicine