M.A.R.S Technical Specialist Jason Buyukozer guides you through the proper procedure of maintaining your R&D Amalgam Collector.
Hello, this is Jason Buyukozer from M.A.R.S Bio-Med. Today’s Preventative Maintenance Course we will be talking about the R&D Amalgam Collector. How this system works is, your inlet is here from your operatories and all of the water and the sludge from your daily use enters the system. At the end of the day, you will turn off your suction. The next morning, before you turn your suction on, go down and expect your system. I would suggest bringing a flashlight. What you can do is shine your light on the system to see where the sludge level is.
Decanting Your R&D Amalgam Collector
This is an older model, where the decanting tube can move. The newer models are automatically set a few inches above the fill line. You can do the same thing with your older model if you do have an older model. You can pull your decanting tube a few inches above the fill line. This way you don’t accidentally forget to raise the level of the decanting tube, and accidentally decant some sludge.
So, before you turn your suction off for the day, what you are going to do is you are going to close this ball valve and open the ball valve that is attached to the decanting hose. This will decant the water from the previous day’s usage, leaving your container empty enough for today’s usage. Once all the water has been decanted, you open up this ball valve and close this ball valve (decanting tube), and you are ready for the day’s use. Repeat as necessary.
R&D suggests when you first get this system, to do this daily, to get you use to how often your system will fill, and how fast it will fill. You may have to change it every two days/every three days, or every week. Depending on how busy your practice is, and how much water accumulates in the system. It will take some getting us to. I would suggest once a week to inspect the system just to make sure everything is functioning properly.
When Your R&D Amalgam Collector is Ready to be Changed
When the R&D Amalgam Collector is ready to be changed, you are going to contact your local recycler. The company you use to remove your sharps, your biowaste, and your toxic waste. You are going to ask for a toxic waste bucket. Before starting the process of emptying this system, you want to protect yourself with equipment. You want gloves, you want a jacket. The most important gear I would suggest is a respirator. This respirator is rated for mercurous gasses. When elemental mercury mixes with biological waste, you get methyl mercury. Every time you change an amalgam separator you are exposing yourself to methyl mercury. Every M.A.R.S certified Amalgam Separator Specialists are trained to wear these when changing amalgam separators.
Emptying Your S&D Amalgam Collector
The first process is, you are going to turn the ball valve to turn the system off. You are going to decant all the water out of the system, leaving the sludge behind, you turn off your suction. You remove the lid, you empty this (the sludge from the R&D Amalgam Collector) into the bucket. Sealing the bucket, then you put your system back. R&D does suggest that some of the buckets of recyclers are large enough to have a few of these (R&D Amalgam Collector) emptied into the system. You may want to look into your local regulations to see if you are capable of storing toxic waste. For example, in the Province of Ontario, it is illegal to store amalgam separators (waste) in your dental office for more than 90 days.
Any filters that have been changed, any buckets of toxic sludge, have to be removed out of your practice within 90 days. So to protect your office, please make that your regulations allow you to keep and store toxic waste for more than a certain period.
That is the end of the maintenance for the R&D Amalgam Collector, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call M.A.R.S Bio-Med at 1-866-594-3648, or visit us on marsbiomed.com.
Thank you very much, and have a great day.