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WARNING: We encourage dentists to utilize the level of protective that is required by OSHA standards for mercury. Isolation gowns have not yet been rated for use against mercury vapor and particulate matter. But we understand that not all dentists want to wear full body hazmat suits rated for mercury. With that in mind we offer Polyethylene-Coated Isolation Gowns as preliminary testing has shown that it’s more protective of mercury than breathable single layer isolation gowns. These isolation gowns are ONE TIME USE ONLY as they will become contaminated with mercury during removal of an amalgam filling, so please dispose of according to local, state and federal regulations.
PERSONAL PROTECTION ISOLATION GOWNS
You will have to purchase hoods and feet separately, taking into careful consideration to leave no uncovered skin.
Heavyweight Polyethylene Thumb Loop Isolation Gowns
Save time and prevent “sleeve-slide” with Thumbs Up® polyethylene isolation gowns
When putting on gloves, sleeves have a tendency to slide up; this can cause staff to lose valuable time.
Thumbs Up gowns feature a special design and an apron-style neck to enable gowns to be removed quickly
Gowns provide high-level fluid protection
HEAD, NECK, LEG & SHOE PROTECTION
Mercury can be absorbed through the skin, so please take careful consideration of the following items. Even with all engineering controls the removal of a mercury dental filling will release mercury contaminated particulate matter which can stay airborne for up to 10 minutes, eventually landing on surfaces and flooring. Implementing head coverings that also covers the neck area will protect skin from mercury exposure.
Protection of clothing is important as well, so that mercury particulate will not land on your clothes (pants, shoes, etc…).
Our shoe covers consist of breathable, fluid-repellent material
The tread on bottom provides excellent traction
Generously sized for full-coverage protection
Sport size fits almost any athletic shoe
Not made with natural rubber latex
Regular/Large fits up to men’s size 12; X-Large fits up to men’s size 15
THE NECESSITY OF UTILIZING FACE SHIELDS & SAFETY GLASSES
Studies have shown that even with engineering controls such as water and high volume suction, that the removal of mercury dental fillings generates mercury contaminated particulate matter. Some of these particles will bypass suction controls and be deposited on the face and neck of the dentist and assistant, where it will continue to off gas or be absorbed into the skin, thus exposing dental professionals after their respirators have been removed.
Face shields are a vital component to preventing mercury particulate from landing on the face and neck of dental professionals. Likewise, safety glasses will protect your eyes. Face shields with hanging drapes will provide added protection from mercury particulate matter coming up from below the face shield. Face shields will be contaminated after each mercury filling removal and thus are one time use items, so please order a monthly amount equal to the number of amalgam removal sessions you perform each month. Any items present during an amalgam removal that will be reused should undergo thorough cleaning to remove mercury.
SAFETY GLASSES, FACE SHIELDS & MERCURY PARTICULATE WIPES
Disposable Anti-Fog Face Shields are available in 25, 100 and 300 quantities. These disposable, double sided anti-fog Face Shields come with padded headband and elastic strap. Incorporates light transmission so as not to obstruct ones sight.
Reusable Extended Face Shield works with Lights and Loupes. Contoured shield with extended sides provides full face coverage and eye protection. Designed to comfortably clear glasses and most popular loupes and lights.
HAND PROTECTION: THICK NITRILE GLOVES & HGX HAND CREAM
A dentists’ hands are at the source point of mercury exposure during the removal of an amalgam filling. Even with all engineering controls, large amounts of mercury have been measured on the gloves of dental staff after removal of an amalgam filling. OSHA designates a skin notation for mercury absorption, thus we offer thick nitrile gloves from 6 millimeters up to 8 millimeters with extended cuffs. Additionally, many dentists double glove and smear HgX Hand Cream on the first glove layer for extra protection.
The IAOMT’s SMART protocol recommends that dentists use a dental dam during the removal of mercury fillings so as to protect patients from mercury exposures. Mercury safe dentist Matthew Young, DDS has written an article explaining how spreading HgX Hand Cream on the dental dam will reduce the amount of mercury exposure to the patient, thus allowing the dental dam to be even more protective.
Get a good grip and an excellent fit. Textured fingertips allow you to work with ease and confidence. Easy-to-don beaded cuffs provide greater strength and durability. Nitrile, synthetic rubber construction eliminates the possibility of latex-oriented allergic reactions. Long, 9 1/2-inch ambidextrous design. Style: Disposable; Wrist Style: Beaded Cuff; Material(s): Nitrile; Color(s): Purple.
HgX® Hand Cream and Cleaner is especially made for those handling metallic mercury and mercurials. HgX® hand cream and cleaner is available in convenient 12 oz. jars, and should be used as an aid in industrial mercury hygiene daily routines.
Derma-Max powder-free nitrile exam grade disposable gloves are 8 mil thick for durability and 12″ in length for added protection and are sold 50 gloves per box. Textured fingers allows for a superior grip of pneumatic tools. Gloves are non-latex and provide excellent sensitivity. Derma-Max provides protection for dentists’ hands, which are closest to the source of mercury exposure when removing mercury dental fillings. Mercury can be absorbed by the skin, thus your hands must be adequately protected. Since mercury passes through latex and thin nitrile gloves more easily, only 6-mil and higher nitrile gloves should be used. Additionally many mercury-safe dentists apply Hgx Cream to their nitrile gloves for added protection against mercury particulate.
AT SOURCE ORAL AEROSOL VACUUM Each room where mercury fillings are removed must have adequate filtration in place which requires a high-volume air filtration system (such as an at source oral aerosol vacuum) capable of removing mercury vapor and amalgam particles generated during the removal of one or more mercury fillings.