Copying and printing machines are commonplace in offices. They include photocopiers, facsimile machines and laser printers. Despite their widespread use, these machines pose little risk to employees’ health and safety under normal circumstances provided a few basic principles are followed.
The extremely low levels of impurities in toners are believed not to warrant concern for long-term health effects. Toner dust can enter the atmosphere during toner replacement or disposal of waste if not done correctly; it is generally not emitted from the machine during the printing process. If inhaled, the dust may irritate causing coughing and sneezing. A copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) from the manufacturer of the toner will provide the health and safety information needed to identify and assess the hazards. It will also provide handling and storage information.