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Handling Waste from Dental Clinics

Handling Waste from Dental Clinics

Dental office waste should be handled with just as much care as other medical office waste.

When you are responsible for disposing of medical waste, that refuse can come from several different sources. You will have to handle waste from hospitals, hospices, treatment centers, and dental clinics. With the proper disposal techniques, however, you can avoid any potential problems.

Dental Clinic Waste

Dental clinics pump out what is known as amalgam waste. What does this mean? Amalgam is the material used to form crowns, caps, fillings, and so on. Even though each of these procedures only produces a small amount of waste, considering how many patients go in and out on a given day, this can quickly become a problem. There is also the waste from fixer and developer for the x-ray machines. Lastly, there is waste coming from sharp instruments used for each individual patient, pharmaceutical materials, syringes, needles, and other medical tools that all need to be disposed of as well.

Disposing of the Waste

All of the waste needs to be separated and managed correctly before it can be safely and efficiently disposed of. This means that trash and sharps should be kept away from medical waste that is covered in blood or other bodily fluids. Even if you don’t think you need them, biohazard bags are a necessity. The biohazard bags can be used to separate all of the medical waste in your dental clinic. Follow all recommended guidelines and techniques when it comes to separating and disposing of the waste. In most cases, you will want to work with a partner that specializes in this field. All instances of waste must be kept away from patient areas whenever possible.

Maintaining Safety

The most important part of dental clinic waste disposal is maintaining safety. No matter what type of medical waste your clinic produces, you must ensure it does not contaminate anything in your office and can harm employees, patients, or visitors. Many dental clinics are given instructions on how to do this properly. But if you need more assistance or training, then feel free to contact AEG Environmental! We will help you get the job done right.


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