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Emission of chemical substances from office equipment
 
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Zakład Zagrożeń Chemicznych, Pyłowych i Biologicznych, Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, Warszawa Kierownik Zakładu Zagrożeń Chemicznych, Pyłowych i Biologicznych: dr M. Pośniak Dyrektor CIOP-PIB: prof. dr hab. n. med. D. Koradecka
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Joanna Kowalska   

Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy Państwowy Instytut Badawczy CIOP-PIB ul. Czerniakowska 16, 00-701 Warszawa, tel. 48 22 623 46 76, fax 48 22 623 36 93
 
Med Srod. 2012;15(4):123–128
 
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A number of potentially harmful pollutants are emitted from office equipment. Printers and copiers are sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which at least partly, are generated from the heated toner and paper dust during printing process. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, styrene, and formaldehyde were detected in the blended emissions emitted from printing devices. Office printing devices are recognized to be the major sources of indoor fine and ultrafine aerosol particles. The emissions of certain pollutants from office equipment may be at relatively low level compared to other known sources (e.g. building materials). However, office equipment is potentially the important source of human exposure due to the short distance for the people operating them both at home and in the office
 
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