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Mercury in Medical Facilities

Health facilities have had the opportunity to make significant changes in the last two decades regarding mercury use. Alternatives to mercury-containing products and changes in purchasing policies have led to less frequent mercury spills and better waste management policies. A good example has been the conversion from old mercury-containing sphygmomanometers (blood pressure devices) to aneroid types containing no hazardous materials. Changes like that create a safer environment for medical staff and patients while being more protective of the environment.

The following links can help your facility eliminate mercury-containing products and properly manage the ones that remain.

For information specific to mercury management in Florida, please contact Laurie.Tenace@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 245-8759.

Mercury in Dental Offices

Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the handling of scrap amalgam from dental offices have been developed by the American Dental Association (ADA). These BMPs meet regulatory requirements for management of this waste in Florida. The BMPs can be found here. If you choose not to manage scrap dental amalgam in accordance with these voluntary management practices, it is your responsibility to assure that your facility operates in compliance with all regulations. If you have additional questions about managing mercury generated in a dental office, please contact Laurie Tenace at 850-245-8759 or Laurie.Tenace@dep.state.fl.us You can also call our switchboard at 850-245-8707.

Dental Lead Foil Recycling

The lead foil backings from intraoral dental x-ray film should be recycled, not placed in the trash, red bags or sharps containers. For information about recycling, please email us.

Last updated: June 16, 2015

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