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 user 2007-08-03 at 12:06:00 pm Views: 58
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    HP makes 90% of unhealthy laser printers tested by researchers
    2007 Nearly all the laser printers fingered by researchers for spewing
    particulate matter into offices and homes are sold by Hewlett-Packard
    Co., a study published today said.The study  which appeared in the
    American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology
    (ES&T) journal today, measured emissions of 58 laser printers,
    including models from Canon Inc., HP, Ricoh Co. and Toshiba Corp.
    Particle emissions, believed to be related to the ultrafine powdered
    toner, were measured and the printers ranked in several categories.Of
    the 13 printers described by researchers as “high emitters,” 12 were
    made by HP, including the Color LaserJet 4650dn; Color LaserJet
    5550dtn; Color LaserJet 8550n; LaserJet 1320n; LaserJet 2420n; LaserJet
    4200dtn; LaserJet 4250n; LaserJet 5; LaserJet 8000dn; and the LaserJet

    HP printers also made up the majority of those tested. Of
    the 58 printers researched, 48 — or 83% of the total — were from
    HP.Of the 37 in the “non-emitter” category, 29 were made by HP, as were
    five of the six “low-emitter” printers and both “middle-level emitter”
    models. In total, HP’s printers accounted for 19 of the 21 devices that
    emitted measurable rates of particulates, or about 90%.When reached for
    comment, an HP spokeswoman said that the company’s engineers and
    research and development staff are reviewing the research paper and
    that they would not have a detailed response until tomorrow. “HP is
    currently reviewing the Queensland University of Technology research on
    particle-emission characteristics of office printers,” she said. She
    also said that as part of its existing testing, HP regularly assesses
    laser printers, HP-branded toner cartridges and paper for “dust release
    and possible material emissions” to comply with necessary health and
    safety regulations.The three co-authors of the paper — who are either
    from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, or at
    the Queensland Department of Public Works — also ran additional tests
    on selected printers and found that emissions may also be tied to the
    age of the toner cartridge.

    New cartridges in the HP 1320n, for
    example — one of the “high emitters” — averaged higher emission rates
    than did partially used cartridges in the same printer. Even though the
    researchers said statistical analysis of the data showed that the
    differences were not significant, they called for further study.”While
    a more comprehensive study is still required to provide a better
    database of printer emission rates,” they wrote in the paper, “the
    results imply that submicrometer particle concentration levels in an
    office can be reduced by a proper choice of the printers.”