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.
The printer that many of you keep at an arm's length
could be dangerous.
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.
But not all laser printers are the same, even if they're made by the same
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
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.
You can find more information about the study from Environmental Science & Technology online.