M.A.R.S often shares the unknown fact that amalgam separator maintenance is regularly neglected; causing damage to equipment, costing Dental Practices money, and leaving them non-compliant. Dental Supply and Service Compliances that do not take it upon themselves to learn about compliance and proper maintenance of an amalgam separator is providing a disservice to their customers.
Every Trusted M.A.R.S Distributor are M.A.R.S Certified Amalgam Separator Specialist, taking annual training on how to guarantee the compliance of their Dental Clients. The training received by M.A.R.S delivers our Trusted Distributors similar knowledge on amalgam separator compliance as the local regulators, like Water Treatment Plants. The specialized education gives our Trusted Distributors the tools necessary to ensure every aspect of their client’s office is up to code with their local regulator’s mercury discharge limits.
According to a major North America City, after a survey they completed in 2014, it was discovered that roughly 70% of Dental Practices with an amalgam separator are non-compliant. The non-compliance is likely due to a number of commonly committed offences, mostly due to the lack of understanding from both the Service Companies and Dental Professionals. Though a Dentist puts their trust and compliance in the hands of their Service Professional, ultimately, the responsibility of compliance falls on the owner of the Dental Practice, the Dentist. Non-compliance can result in any number of problems for a Dentist, ranging from a strict warning, damaged equipment, hefty fines, or even a Dental Practice being forced to shut down.
Because of the unknown dangers to the Dental Professional, M.A.R.S will be providing an overview of what Doctors should know to protect their business. Topics we will be discussing during this blog series are;
* Amalgam Separator Maintenance, Inspection, and Record Keeping
* Proper Disposal of an Amalgam Separator
* Local Regulators Expectations
Follow us over the next couple weeks, to become more versed in the requirements to keep your Dental Practice running.