Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Office laser printers can damage lungs

Australian scientists are saying that the humble office laser printer poses a health risk similar to a cigarette. From BBC:
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.
Ok I'm staying away from those laser printers from now on.

1 comment:

r'chelle said...

maybe u can try stayin away from ciggs too.