We have a staff member who has asked why we are endangering employees by
having/allowing them to change toner cartridges which she says have known
carcinogens in them. In reviewing the subject matter it appears they do
indeed contain Carbon Black, which is listed as a carcinogen, but that it is
not problematic in normal use of the product. All the information that
points to using masks, gloves, etc. when dealing with cartridges appears to
be directed at those in the toner cartridge manufacturing business, where
exposure to the fine powder is much greater.
Has anyone dealt with this subject or can anyone point me to a (U.S.)
governmental site (rather than manufacturer site) that clearly indicates
whether we have to treat toner (and copier) cartridges with kid gloves?
Thanks for any info or direction on this. Clive
Clive K. Houston-Brown, Ed.D.
Chief Information Officer
Office of Information Technology
University of La Verne
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