Do workers in your offices suffer from long bouts of sneezing, sniffling, cough, sore throat, itchy or red eyes and skin, or fatigue — for no explainable reason?
The mold and pollen counts are low. But workers complain of headaches, stuffed noses, itchy eyes, and breathing problems. Do they say they feel better at home in the evenings or on weekends, or when they leave the office during lunch? Is it just cold season, or an environmental illness caused by exposure to respirable particles or chemicals?
Toner and paper dusts, respirable particles, hydrocarbons, styrene, benzene, ozone concentrations, formaldehyde, and other chemicals are common to our everyday lives. But in many cases, existing ventilation equipment can’t sufficiently move and clean the air, passing particles under 5 microns through the HVAC system to all areas of your office.
University studies have shown that workers who are regularly exposed to printer toner, paper dust, and fumes from copiers are more likely to suffer from chronic respiratory and cold symptoms and infections.
But how do you know there’s a problem?
Take a look at the exhaust vents in your printers and copiers. Can you see a discoloration around that area? What about the ceiling vents? Is there a different color on the wall or ceiling? Is there a noticeable “ink” smell around the printer area?
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