Ok, maybe that’s a little extreme.
However, a new study by the Queensland, Australia, Department of Public Works does claim that laser printers may be hazardous to your health.
According to the researchers, many of the ubiquitous printers throw off small particles into the air that is then inhaled by people in the same room.
Researcher Lidia Morawska of the Queensland University of Technology and her colleagues monitored particle concentrations in large, open-plan offices for more than 48 hours, measured particle concentration levels in the vicinity of all the printers in a multi-level office building, and measured emission rates from different printers using an experimental chamber.
Print jobs ranged from five to 100 pages, and measurements were taken immediately after the print job started and continued for the duration of the job.
Of the 62 models tested, 60% emitted no particles while 27% were described as “high particle emitters. The full list is in the study report.
Ok, so what do we do now, stop printing?
Actually, that’s not a bad idea. At the very least this research could be another justification for cutting way back.