Chemicals and irritants associated with wide-format printing:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
VOC’s produced by inks and other materials used in printing may be carcinogenic and may continue to
linger in the air even days after a job is complete.
Ozone is produced by laser printers. Even when a machine is fitted with an “ozone guard” it may continue
to off-gas, especially if the machine is in need of repair, or is in a poorly ventilated room.
Not only are fine particles irritating to the respiratory system, but they can also penetrate deep into the
body. Both paper and print-shop chemicals produce fine respirable particles that may cause short-term respiratory problems or more serious long-term illnesses.