Law Firm Staff: Warning, your printer may be hazardous to your health!

Amber Dance, an LA Times staff writer tells us that the “… laser printer sitting on your desk could be emitting high levels of potentially hazardous particles …” according to a study published today.  “Some printers released almost as many ultra-fine particles as a smoldering cigarette, the study authors said.”

“‘Particles have been shown beyond any doubt to be a health hazard,’ said study author Lidia Morawska, a physicist at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.”

HP LaserJet and Ricoh fared well in the study. But HP, for example, had non-emitters in eight HP LaserJet 4050 series printers, while having high emitters in their LaserJet 1320 and 4250, “which, when printing, increased the particle number in the air more than tenfold.”


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