Fine dust measurement at printers and copiers

When using, maintaining and cleaning photocopiers and laser printers, harmful substances such as toner particles, carbon black, colour pigments, resin particles and paper fibres may be released in the form of (ultra) fine dust.

Particulate matter can lead to health risks, respiratory infections, headaches, reduced productivity and absenteeism. As a result, people may experience health problems, also known as toner sickness.

Fine dust from printer toner and copier

How much fine dust a laser printer or copier emits depends on various factors:

  • Year of construction
  • Brand
  • Age
  • Hours of operation
  • Number of prints per day
  • many illustrations or little text
  • And many more

Aristotle Consulting carries out fine dust measurements on printers and copiers in the office and home office. We carry out fine dust tests on all common brands, such as HP, Xerox, Epson, Canon, Brother, Samsung, Ricoh, Minolta, …

How do we measure particulate matter related to printers and copiers?

A professional particle counter is installed directly next to the equipment to be measured, which records the particle concentrations at predefined time intervals. This makes it possible to measure the course of the particulate matter emission over time and to display it graphically later on.

During the survey, our measurement technician notes the printing times and, if possible, the type of documents. This additional information can be added to the graphs in the measurement report.

If there are several devices in one room and many documents are printed out, we recommend a monitoring project of at least 24 hours, where the fine dust concentrations are measured and compared both in the printer room and in a comparative office without printer/copier.

After the examination, you will receive a detailed measurement report with all the determined information and with clear graphs.

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