HARMFUL PRINTER DUST ' TRACKED DOWN '

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HARMFUL PRINTER DUST ' TRACKED DOWN '

 user 2009-02-19 at 2:33:15 pm Views: 55
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Health–Science/Science/Harmful-printer-dust-tracked-down/articleshow/4128506.cms
    Harmful printer dust ‘tracked down’
    MELBOURNE: A new study has revealed the source of potentially harmful, ultra-small particles released by common laser printers, which researcher.claim actually come from toner condensing as it cools.According to the researchers, the ultrafine particles, formed from vapours produced when a printed image is fused to the paper, are potentially dangerous to human health because they can penetrate deep into the lungs.”In the printing process, toner is melted and when it is hot, certain compounds evaporate and those vapours then nucleate or condense in the air, forming ultrafine particles.”The material is the result of the condensation of organic compounds which originate from both the paper and hot toner,” said lead researcher Lidia Morawska of the Queensland University of Technology.

    In their study, the researchers compared a high- emitting printer with a low-emitting printer and found that there were two ways in which printers contributed to the formation of these particles.”The hotter the printer gets, the higher the likelihood of these particles forming, but the rate of change of the temperature also contributes.”The high-emitting printer operated at a lower average temperature but had rapid changes in temperature, resulting in more condensable vapour being emitted from the printer. The printer with better temperature control emitted fewer particles,” Prof Morawska said.