*NEWS*HP DISAGREES WITH PRINTER EMISSIONS REPORT

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*NEWS*HP DISAGREES WITH PRINTER EMISSIONS REPORT

 user 2008-03-31 at 10:50:08 am Views: 60
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    HP Disagrees With Emissions Report
    After
    a preliminary review of the Queensland University of Technology
    research on particle emission characteristics of office printers, HP
    does not agree with its conclusion or some of the bold claims the
    authors have made recently in press reports.HP stands behind the safety
    of its products. Testing of ultrafine particles is a very new
    scientific discipline. There are no indications that ultrafine particle
    (UFP) emissions from laser printing systems are associated with special
    health risks. Currently, the nature and chemical composition of such
    particles ¡ª whether from a laser printer or from a toaster ¡ª cannot
    be accurately characterized by analytical technology. However, many
    experts believe that many of the UFPs found in common household and
    office products are not discrete solid particles, but may be
    condensation products or small droplets created during thermal
    processes.

    HP agrees more testing in this area is needed, which
    is why we’ve been active with two of the world’s leading independent
    authorities on this subject: Air Quality Sciences in the United States
    and the Wilhelm-Klauditz Institute in Germany.Vigorous tests are an
    integral part of HP’s research and development and its strict
    quality-control procedures. HP LaserJet printing systems, original HP
    print cartridges and papers are tested for dust release and possible
    material emissions and are compliant with all applicable international
    health and safety requirements. In addition to meeting or exceeding
    these guidelines, HP’s design criteria for its laser printing systems
    incorporate guidelines from both the Blue Angel program in Germany and
    the Greenguard program in the United States.Based on our own testing,
    HP knows that many variables can affect the outcome of tests for
    ultrafine particle emissions. Although HP is not aware of all of the
    specific methodologies used in the Queensland study, based on what
    we’ve seen in the report ¡ª as well as our own work in this area ¡ª we
    do not believe there is a link between printer emissions and any public
    health risk. Specifically, HP does not see an association between
    printer use by customers and negative health effects for volatile
    organic compounds, ozone or dust. While we recognize ultrafine, fine,
    and coarse particles are emitted from printing systems, these levels
    are consistently below recognized occupational exposure limits.HP hopes
    to learn more from the study authors about how products were chosen for
    the study, how ranges were determined given no standards exist, and
    many other factors that could have influenced the results.