One-half gram of mercury, the amount of mercury in an average sized amalgam, can poison a 10 acre lake; making the fish unsuitable for consumption. One of the reasons cited by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway for banning the use of amalgam fillings was their conclusion that mercury is a hazard to the environment. Our question to you is, "are you willing to do your part to protect the environment from mercury?"
Except for a few cities and states in the USA, there are no laws or mandates by federal government regulatory agencies stating that the dental office has to do its part in protecting the environment from mercury. However, more and more pressure is being exerted on regulatory agencies to control the mercury that enters municipal water systems from dental offices.
The problem with mercury entering the water system is that most municipalities aren't set up to remove it. The most effective way you can help protect the environment is to include a mercury separator in all waste water lines likely to come into contact with mercury vapor and amalgam particles.
Until recently the ADA had chosen not to get involved with the separator issue, preferring to say that dental office compliance in this area should be 'voluntary'. Evidence has shown that such voluntary compliance has not worked and now, with the increasing pressure to do so, the ADA has decided to add mercury separators to its recommended list of "Best Management Practices".
Of course, the ADA cannot 'mandate or regulate' anything and adding separators to its BMP, while a tacit acknowledgment, is really nothing more than a recommendation. Thus, until you are "officially" regulated by the government, it will be up to you to use a mercury separator to protect the environment from this toxic substance.
Because you can't have a fully compliant Mercury Safe Office without taking steps to also protect the environment from mercury entering the waste water, our DVD will introduce the most effective mercury separator available today. Making your office Environmentally Green when it comes to mercury benefits everyone!