CHICAGO, March 14, 2007 ¿ The American National Standards Institute has approved ANSI/American Dental Association Specification No. 109 for Procedures for Storing Dental Amalgam Waste and Requirement for Waste Storage/Shipment Containers as an American National Standard.
The ADA says one of the purposes for the specification is to encourage amalgam recycling by making it easier and more effective for the dental office.
According to the ADA, the specification describes procedures for storing, and preparing amalgam waste for delivery to recyclers or their agents for recycling. In addition it gives requirements for storing and/or shipping amalgam waste.
The ADA recommends that dental offices use this specification in conjunction with the ADA's Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste. Additionally, the ADA recommends that dental offices select a recycler whose procedures comply with ANSI/ADA Specification No. 109.
The specification was developed by the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, with representation that included the Environmental Protection Agency.
ANSI/ADA Specification No. 109 for Procedures for Storing Dental Amalgam Waste and Requirements for Dental Amalgam Waste Storage/Shipment Containers is available through the ADA Catalog at www.adacatalog.org.