M.A.R.S Blog Series on Correcting Misinformation about the EPA Regulation – Exceeding International Standards (ISO)

Thank you for following our blog series on clarifying the fables of the amalgam separator industry. Our last blog was the introduction to the series, highlighting some of our previous blogs debunking other incorrect information that muddied the waters of the Dental Industry.

The 2019 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts was the first time M.A.R.S attended that conference. We were advised by a few Dental Professionals that their Sales Representatives told them a M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS amalgam separator is not compliant in the United States because it is manufactured in Canada. According to these Dental Professionals, their amalgam separator Sales Representative explained that Canada has different standards than the United States; therefore, a LibertyBOSS will not meet the local standards. There are many things wrong with the statement above. To begin this segment, we will start with the most obvious response to this misinformation, which is explaining what the “I” in ISO represents.

ISO 11143:2008

Every amalgam separator is required to have ISO or equivalent testing in order to be considered compliant. For those of you who may not know, ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. ISO testing is an internationally recognized standard set for a particular product or process. ISO 11143:2008 is the most recent testing standard for all amalgam separators around the world. The M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS has been ISO tested with over a 99% efficiency rate. Logically speaking, if the LibertyBOSS has been tested by an internationally recognized testing standard at 99% efficiency, it is compliant in the United States.

Exceeding ISO

M.A.R.S has many blogs sharing independent research proving the LibertyBOSS is the most efficient amalgam separator in the world. ISO testing has not been updated in over a decade. ISO 11143:2008 has not been updated in over a decade. Currently, the standards only look for solid mercury, a state of mercury easily treated through sedimentation. Since 2008, studies have shown mercury amalgam dissolves into a soluble form when submerged under a liquid. Most ISO tested amalgam separators generate and release more mercury then they capture.

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When a local regulator is testing dental practices’ discharge for mercury, they are not using ISO standards. Most of these water dinner plans would use EPA standard 245.7, which looks for total mercury. Only the liberty boss has been tested at EPA standard 245.7 to capture both dissolved and solid mercury.

Canadian Standards

Canada has required amalgam separators in Dental Practices nationally since 2005. Many of the Provinces and major Cities have required compliance since 2002. Though the statement made by the amalgam separator Sales Representative in Massachusetts was correct when he said Canadian standards are not the same as US standards, it may be the opposite of what they were implying. In many cases, the Canadian standards for amalgam separators supersede most current and future regulations in the United States. Currently, the new EPA regulation has been diluted to the point where local regulators, like Water Treatment Plants, can’t meet their own discharge standards following the EPA regulatory requirements. States like Florida, Virginia, and Oklahoma are following the City of Toronto’s Pollution Prevention Plan, using it as a starting point for creating and implementing their best management practices for their dental community.

Guarantee of Compliance

One of the biggest ways M.A.R.S stands out over any other amalgam separator manufacturer is with our Guarantee of Compliance. M.A.R.S not only guarantees the service life of a LibertyBOSS amalgam separator, but we also guarantee compliance. If your local regulator finds your LibertyBOSS non-compliant with local standards, M.A.R.S will make the appropriate changes, at our cost, to ensure your compliance. We are the ONLY manufacturer to provide a guarantee in WRITING. Why by a compliance product, if it does not guarantee the compliance of your office?

guarantee of compliance

Next Week’s Blog

M.A.R.S will be taking a small break from this series to speak about our time at the Mississippi Dental Association Meeting held from May 30-June 2, 2019. Visit M.A.R.S at Booth 71, where we will be spending time with one of our Trusted M.A.R.S Distributors, Dental Fix.msda-ada_logo