How can this dust become airborne? You'd be surprised at how easy it is.
Improper disposal of printer toner in waste baskets can quickly spread dust
through the air. Machine spills can cycle through the ventilator fan.
Over-filled waste toner compartments can overflow within the machine.
laser printer toners are not considered carcinogens, or cancer causing,
by increasing the risk of those individuals facing extremely heavy and long-term
exposure. However, sensible precautions should always be taken when refilling
and for typical office and personal use is deemed safe.
So take precautions. Vacuum, don't sweep or brush, spilled toner dust. Clean up
desktops or surfaces with a damp cloth. Should toner get on your hands, wash
them thoroughly and immediately with soap and cold water, which keeps your pores
closed and protects your hands from becoming stained.
It should also be noted that the Industry is well aware that the particulate size of toner particles cannot go below 4 microns - this being the size -
below which particles can enter through pores into the blood stream.
Avoid any contact with your eyes or mouth, and never ingest. To play it extra
safe, put the toner in a zipped plastic bag to avoid possible dust emissions.
If you experience shortness of breath or persistent coughing, stop working with
the printer toner, if applicable, and get fresh air immediately. Then seek
medical attention if your symptoms persist.
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