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Office Printers Health Hazard 2007-07-31

Posted by clype in Health, Science.
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The humble office printer can damage lungs in much the same way as smoke particles from cigarettes, and scientific researchers from ‘The Queensland University of Technology‘ want companies to ensure that printers are based in well-ventilated areas so that particles disperse, and demand governments start regulating these kinds of emissions.

  • They say some printers should come with a health warning.

The researchers carried out tests on more than 60 machines.

Almost one-third were found to emit ultra-tiny particles of toner-like material, so small that they can infiltrate the lungs and cause a range of health problems from respiratory irritation to more chronic illnesses.

Conducted in an open-plan office, the test revealed that particle levels increased five-fold during working hours, a rise blamed on printer use.

  • The problem was worse when new cartridges were used and when graphics and images required higher quantities of toner.
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