Safety Tips, Health Risks and Overall Precautions for your Laser Printer

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Due to local electrical safety code, most laser printers include circuit protection and electrical safeguards against potential electric shocks. However, it is still possible for there to be high voltage or residue voltage on different parts inside of a laser printer (such as rollers, metal contacts, and various wires). Therefore it is recommended not to touch any of these electrical components in order to avoid potential painful electrical shock and damage to the laser printer.

Cleaning Your Q6001a Toner Cartridge

Toner should never be vacuumed with a standard home vacuum cleaner. Due to the toner particles inherent ability to hold a static charge, there is the risk of the dust within the vacuum cleaner bag to ignite and cause a small explosion within the vacuum cleaner. This is because toner particles are designed to possess electrostatic properties. These are known to generate static electric buildup when they collide with other particles or objects. You could possibly damage the vacuum cleaner or start a fire by vacuuming the toner. Likewise, the toner particles are so small that they are able to pass right through the fiber filters in standard vacuum cleaners, and be blown back into the room through the motor exhaust. The most effective way to clean toner residue is to use a cold damp cloth. Toner will adhere to surfaces when heated during normal laser printer usage.

Only use a Electrostatic Discharge safe or ESD vacuum cleaner for toner spills or leaks. The ability of these vacuum cleaners to filter the tiny toner particles and eliminate static charges by their electrically conductive hose. makes them safe to use for toner clean-ups. Larger ESD vacuum cleaners are available in the event of a larger toner spill.

A normal wash will most times remove toner from clothing. The fact that toner has a low melting point, wash and rinse clothes in cold water is recommended. Warm or hot water will result in an unfortunate, permanent stain. In order to increase the chances that the toner stain will be removed from your clothing, two cycle washing may become necessary. Drying or ironing the clothes should be avoided unless you are absolutely certain that no toner remains on the clothing.

The Dangers of Ozone

In the toner cartridge area if the printer, small amounts of nitrogen and oxygen are produced due to the high voltage corona discharge. The by-product of this operation creates ozone and nitrogen oxides. Carbon filters that are used in large photocopiers and laser printers break down nitrogen oxides and ozone to reduce these harmful pollutants. Ozone will usually escape the filtering process in larger commercial printers and smaller laser printers typically will not come with filters. When a printer runs for a long time and is not ventilated properly gases can build up to high levels.

Potential Respiratory Risks

New studies from Australia indicate that respiratory diseases could be caused from the sub-micrometer gases emitted from laser printers. Based on a study conducted in 2006 in Japan, scientists determined that laser products emit xylenes, styrene and ozone. This study also found that ink-jet printers discharge pentanol.

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Writing is my passion and I have had fantastic trouble free printing with my Hewlett-Packard products. For additional information you can check out my new website at Toner 2600n where we provide unbiased reviews and advise on HP LaserJet toner cartridges to help you make the most informed decision before you purchasing your Q6001a toner cartridge.

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This article was published on 2011/11/25