Volume 85 Issue 52 | pp. 40-42
Issue Date: December 24, 2007

Office Pollution

Computers and printers emit chemicals and particles into air
Department: Science & Technology, Business | Collection: Climate Change, Safety

OFFICE EQUIPMENT may be more of a health hazard than you might think: Concern is growing over potentially harmful emissions from computers and printers in homes and offices.

These pollutants are described in scientific literature as either having known or potential toxicological effects. With efforts to make buildings more energy efficient by tightening air leaks and reducing ventilation, even low-level emissions can accumulate to concerning levels.

Sporadic studies have identified emissions from various kinds of . . .

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