Dental Program

Full Amalgam Separator Filter
An example of a full mercury amalgam separator filter

Upper Blackstone has developed a dental program based on federal regulations that requires a compliance report to be completed and submitted by all dental offices in the district.  The Dental Office Category regulation is codified in Chapter 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 441.  These regulations were promulgated on July 14, 2017 and require Upper Blackstone to comply with these regulations.  Among other things, the federal dental regulation requires the installation and ongoing maintenance of an amalgam separator.

Upper Blackstone’s Dental program requires a permit application to be completed by every dental office on a 2-year cycle. Documentation on amalgam separator inspections, maintenance and proper disposal of amalgam will be retained by the dentists as a condition of the permit and be available for inspection by the Upper Blackstone. Upper Blackstone pretreatment staff members will inspect every office on a 3-5 year cycle, and more frequently if violations occur or are suspected.

The following documents are available with additional information for dental offices: