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Introduction to Amalgam Separators, Evacuation Line Cleaner, the EPA and How It Affects Dental Assistants (AGD 130)

Presenter: Jason Buyukozer, Technical Specialist, M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc.


This webinar is designed for the dental assistant to familiarize them with the EPA proposed technology-based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from existing and new dental practices that discharge dental amalgam. Dental amalgam contains mercury and other metals that have the potential to pass through or interfere with municipal wastewater treatment at POTWs. The EPA is evaluating best management practices, such as use of amalgam separators, as a regulatory requirement. 


Jason Büyüközer has been the Technical Specialist at M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc. for the past five years and has dedicated his career to becoming a North American expert on amalgam separators. Jason, along with M.A.R.S. Bio-Med Processes Inc. have been all over North America training water treatment plant inspectors, service companies and dental practices on amalgam separator maintenance, usage of evacuation line cleaner and the safe handling and disposal of mercury waste. 


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

- Strategize about how to meet the requirements set forth by the EPA in the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for Dental Offices
- Outline suggested criteria to use when considering purchasing an amalgam separator;
Describe the record keeping system that should be maintained in a dental office to demonstrate compliance with the reporting requirements of the EPA and/or publicly owned treatment works (POTWs); and

- Outline proper maintenance and cleaning procedures for amalgam separators and line evacuation systems.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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