Hold your breath; the surgeon general may have another box to label. This time the culprit is that handy laser printer you keep on your desk. An investigation conducted on a variety of laser printer models showed that almost a third emit potentially dangerous levels of toner into the air.
Research at The Queensland University of Technology tested more then 60 machines and found that one-third 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. Fantastic!
Even worse news if you work in an office, tests conducted in an open-plan office showed that the health risks increase five-fold during working hours with heavy printing use. The problem appears to be even worse with new cartridges and heavy graphic printing. So what can we do?
The experts recommend printers are kept in well ventilated areas and it probably wouldnt hurt to utilize some sort of air filtration system to further purify the air. Ink jet printers appear to be safe, #2 pencil and paper might not be such a bad idea either…