Copiers themselves are easy to use devices with a very low danger factor. What most people are not aware of is that they produce Volatile Organic Compounds that can be bad for your health. The most common Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOC, that is created is ozone. Too much ozone can make people sick.
Not every copier produces ozone, but most do. You can ask your copier manufacturer or call us at Greely Copier for help identifying if your copier produces VOCs. If it does produce VOCs and are concerned about your employees’ health, then you may want to take steps to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.
Having too much ozone can cause a variety of health problems. It will aggravate the lungs of people with asthma and can lead to reduced lung capacity. It can also cause lung inflammation and induce pain while breathing. Some lung effects may be temporary but some can be permanent.
There are a few easy steps to follow when practicing officer copier safety.
- Place the copier in a location far away from workers. We understand that this can waste some time, but do you want workers breathing ozone all work day?
- Consider buying one of the few copiers that does not produce ozone
- Replace the ozone filters frequently. If your copier is placed against a wall then keep an eye out for black marks. This can be a sign that filters need to be replaced.
Following these three easy steps is not that difficult, and your lungs will thank you later. If you want to know if your copier is producing ozone then call us at Greely Copier for office copier safety tips.