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B.Tranmer
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Has anyone any experience or knowledge of how harmful dust or nano-particles from printers could possibly be?
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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Ben that's a new on on me. There used to be a lot of discussion about ozone etc from older printers and more recently just the general feeling that being next to a communal one in an office my have implications upon the respiiratory tract. But really only in realtion to being an irritant.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Chris, I was asked the question in relation to an office risk assessment. I have since found a study undertaken in Australia that quotes, "Although little direct toxicological data exists regarding nanoparticles associated with laser printer operation, there is a wide body of literature regarding the link between nanoparticles (also known as ultrafine particles) and cardiovascular and respiratory health effects." However, this report also determined that background levels of nanoparticles in an office environment were significantly higher than particle exposure during laser printer operation!
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