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Dental Office Products & Practices
Dental offices use many chemicals in their daily operations. These chemicals can successfully be managed so as to promote employee safety, patient health and environmental protection.
The San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), in conjunction with the San Francisco Dental Society, launched the Dental Mercury Reduction Program to regulate pollution caused by dental practices and to provide information on safer alternatives to chemicals commonly used in dental offices.
Managing dental office chemicals makes it easy to use alternative products and practices instead of traditional ones. The program covers instrument sterilizers, surface disinfectants, instrument cleaners, X-ray chemicals and vacuum system cleaners (PDFs).
Everyday dentists, hygienists and other dental staff may come into daily contact with chemicals from x-ray developers, ultrasonic bath cleaners, glutaraldehyde, disinfectants, and more. Reducing exposure to these chemicals can help make a dental office safer and greener.
Download these factsheets to learn how to store, label and dispose of dental office waste:
San Francisco Department of the Environment’s Achievements
Are you a Dentist?
Enroll in the Green Business Program and learn how to save on energy, water, and garbage costs as well as reducing your exposure to hazardous substances. In the meanwhile, you can download the Dental office Cheat Sheet to help you manage your chemicals and waste.
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