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Copiers and Employee Health

A work environment not only needs to be productive, but it also needs to be comfortable and safe. Let me preface this by saying that copiers are not inherently dangerous machines. They are sound devices that don’t bother most people. However, some office copiers may be affecting the health of your employees.

Some office copiers produce Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. These VOCs can be potentially harmful to those with a history of lung and respiratory illness. The most common VOC produced by office copiers is Ozone, which can irritate the lungs.

Once again, the VOCs produced by copiers are unnoticeable to most people. However, if someone if your office has a history of lung problems then you should be aware of the facts. Breathing in too much ozone can cause inflamed lungs, trouble breathing, loss of lung capacity, and respiratory troubles.

It’s easy to make sure that you are doing your part to ensure your employees’ health and well-being.

  • Check to see if your copier produces VOCs. Call your copier company to find out more.
  • Place your copier in a well-ventilated area.
  • Don’t place a copier directly next to someone’s desk
  • Replace filters regularly

It’s not difficult to make sure that your employees are in a safe environment. Following these few simple steps can make your office a much more comfortable place for certain people. Remember that just because you may not notice it does not mean that someone else doesn’t. If you want to know if your copier produces VOCs then call up the experts at Denver Copier.