A new study has identified the latest workplace hazard, and it may be sitting a few feet from your desk.
Researchers say laser printers can release tiny particles into the air that can be harmful for you to breathe.
Researchers in Australia put 62 printers to the test and found some release particles of toner-like material that can irritate the lungs. Of those analyzed, 37 had no particle emissions at all. On the flip side, 17 chalked up high emissions. The worst released as many particles as a lit cigarette.
In fact, most of the printers on the worst list were made by Hewlitt Packard, but the study was skewed because more HPs were tested than any other brand.
Pulmonologist Javier Perez Fernandez says put your printer in a well-ventilated area and keep it away from where you sit.
Hewlitt Packard says it is currently reviewing the study and that all its products undergo vigorous testing for material emissions.
Complete list of the High Level Emitter printers:
HP Color LaserJet 4650dn
HP Color LaserJet 5550dtn
HP Color Laser Jet 8550N
HP LaserJet 1320N
HP LaserJet 1320n
HP LaserJet 2420dn
HP LaserJet 4200dtn
HP LaserJet 4250n
HP LaserJet 5(a)
HP LaserJet 8000DN
HP LaserJet 8150N
TOSHIBA Studio 450