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Fine dust and air quality in the office


There air quality that we breathe ranks first on the health priority scale. Exposure to smog and especially to fine dust they have a direct correlation with the possibility of getting lung cancer. Bad fine dust they are not only present in the air polluted by cars in the city and more often than you think we breathe them in the home and office as well. The latter can be a truly insidious environment: printers, for example, are a deadly source of fine dust.


To underline the correlation between air quality and lung cancer there are recent results from a study on air quality conducted for 13 years on a sample of 12,000 Turinese (the research is part of the European Escape program which analyzed the health of 300,000 people in Europe) showing that the risk of getting sick increases by 22% for every 10 micrograms more of particles (PM 10 and PM 2.5) for each cubic meter of air.

We often tell ourselves how harmful smog is to health in the city, only to do little to solve the problem. An underestimated aspect is the emission of fine dust from toner at home, in offices and schools. Laser printers, fax machines and copiers emit a quantity of fine dust up to 2 times higher than that contained in the outside air. Well yes: the air we breathe indoors where we spend a lot of our time, for example the office, is often more polluted than that of a busy street.

Let's take a step back and give us two pieces of information to better understand what the air quality, Clean air contains 21% oxygen, 79% nitrogen and 0.03% carbon dioxide (CO₂). However, in a confined environment where there are people, breathing consumes the oxygen component (which is necessary for metabolic processes) and the air becomes richer in CO₂ and humidity, also emitted with breathing.

When the oxygen content falls below 15% and the CO₂ content exceeds 0.07%, which can also happen due to people's breathing activity alone, the ability to concentrate decreases and drowsiness and headache occur. To keep the good air quality in a confined environment, frequent air changes are required, especially if there are household appliances in the room (positive ions devitalize the air) and above all polluting devices such as faxes and printers.

Please note that the fine dust emitted during the printing processes are the smallest and therefore the most dangerous for the respiratory tract as they are inhaled and absorbed into the blood without the body's normal defenses being able to act as a barrier. Over time, exposure to micro powders from office can cause serious illness and permanent damage.

Toner printers and copiers cannot be prevented today fine dust. What you can usefully do (in addition to often ventilate the rooms) is to block the fine dust with special filters before they are dispersed in the air and breathed. The most widespread is tesa Clean Air, distributed by the homonymous German company of the Beiersdorf group, which is a filter that can be applied with Velcro on the ventilation grille of printers, fax machines and photocopiers of each model.

According to the manufacturer's indications, tesa Clean Air captures up to 94% of fine dust produced by toners without damaging the machines. The filter is made of a special non-woven fabric in three layers and is guaranteed for up to 70,000 prints or for a duration of 12 months. The product is certified by the European control body TUV Nord.

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The Clean Air filter for laser printers can be purchased on Amazon in Small, Medium and Large sizes.

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