Mercury in Medical Facilities
Health facilities have had the opportunity to make significant changes in the last two decades regarding mercury
use. Alternatives to mercury-containing products and changes in purchasing policies have led to less frequent
mercury spills and better waste management policies. A good example has been the conversion from old mercury-containing
sphygmomanometers (blood pressure devices) to aneroid types containing no hazardous materials. Changes like that
create a safer environment for medical staff and patients while being more protective of the environment.
The following links can help your facility eliminate mercury-containing products and properly manage the ones that remain.
For information specific to mercury management in Florida, please contact
or (850) 245-8759.
Mercury in Dental Offices
Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the handling of scrap amalgam from dental offices have been developed by the
American Dental Association (ADA). These BMPs meet regulatory requirements for management of this waste in Florida.
The BMPs can be found
If you choose not to manage scrap dental amalgam in accordance with these voluntary management practices, it is
your responsibility to assure that your facility operates in compliance with all regulations. If you have additional
questions about managing mercury generated in a dental office, please contact Laurie Tenace at 850-245-8759 or
You can also call our switchboard at 850-245-8705.
Dental Lead Foil Recycling
The lead foil backings from intraoral dental x-ray film should be recycled, not placed in the trash, red bags or sharps containers. For information about recycling, please