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The Simple One® chairside mercury amalgam separator ensures that your dental practice complies with EPA dental effluent regulations per 40 CFR 441 which took full effect July 14, 2020. All dental operations that involve amalgam which could be discharged into publicly owned treatment works (POTW) are required to have amalgam separators
The chairside design is a fraction of the cost of central systems, both for the unit itself and for installation, and saves time on labor costs throughout the maintenance and recycling process. For example, clogs or buildups can be checked at individual lines and there are no filters to clean. The unit connects quickly and easily to your existing suction system, is only 10" long by x 3.5" in diameter (25.4 x 7.6 cm), and is 100% self-contained. An installation video is available.
The Simple One® is ISO 11143:2008 Certified for 96% and 99% efficiency and is compliant in all 50 states. The recommended replacement interval for typical use is once a year or earlier if the suction is reduced. The separator must be disposed of according to EPA regulations; the manufacturer offers an affordable recycling program (details here soon).
Check out some of our other dental practice must-haves such as our reusable face shields that have extra room to accommodate dental loupes (item # 11172) as well as our NIOSH-approved N99 (item # 11155) as well as N95 (item # 11156) respirators.
Technical Resources from the US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA):
- Fact Sheet: Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for Dental Offices
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Dental Office Category Rule
- Dental Effluent Guidelines
See also: the US Code of Federal Regulations, Part 441 - Dental Office Point Source Category.