Copiers and VOC’s — Are You Making Your Employees Sick?

This blog post is being written to inform you of a danger that is out there with nearly every copier on the market.  They produce Volitile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and this can make your workers sick.  The most common of these that is produces happens to be Ozone, which is good in the atmosphere, but bad for humans to breathe because it is so volitile.  Your copier most likely produces ozone.  You can find out if it does by asking “how much does a corona wire cost on this copier?” If the answer is that it is included or an actual price, you have an ozone producing machine.  Here is what Web MD says about Ozone problems that we may face when we breathe this stuff in

Problems include:

  • Irritation of the lungs that causes inflammation much like a sunburn.
  • Coughing, wheezing, and pain when taking a deep breath, and breathing problems while exercising.
  • Permanent lung damage from repeated exposure.
  • Aggravated asthma, increased susceptibility to pneumonia and bronchitis, and reduced lung capacity.

Maybe this doesn’t matter to you.  But if you care about your health and the health of your employees, this is worth considering.  If you have specific questions on this, or other copier related questions, please give us a call.