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What Are Some Dangers Of Toner Exposure
Avoid the dust!: Toner dust may contain cadmium, mercury and lead. Besides irritating the skin, these may be carcinogenic. The company selling these products will advise you on how to safely handle them. Modern cartridges should involve no contact with the contained black dust. If you are at risk of getting dust on your hand, or in your lungs, i would be caution and use gloves and a mask. ...Read more
Ltd danger - unknown: Use of bpa & human exposure is so very low that it is impossible to determine extent or risk at this point in time. Studies completed are not conclusive enough to demand withdrawal. Studies show micro doses are metabolized and excreted from the body very quickly, limiting potential damage. Avoidance in packaging, etc. Is very difficult to control. ...Read more
Yes: It is important to wear protective gear while working in these environments. ...Read more
Old bad paint is bad: Painted surfaces that are in very good condition are ok. Babies get lead into their bodies when their surroundings have old paint in bad condition. When leaded paint is cracking, chipping, or otherwise falling apart, the dust-sized particles may end up in a child's mouth or be breathed in through the nose. A child can have high lead levels, which are bad for his brain and harm his development. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How much, how long: With any chemical exposure, the affects depend on the route of exposure (contact, ingestion, breathing, etc), the concentration of the substance and the time of the exposure. In the case of ammonia, it can damage the skin, eyes, respiratory tract, etc in ways ranging from severe thermal and chemical burns to frost bite. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/820298-overview. ...Read more
Multiple disorders: Exposure to lead depending on the age and intensity of exposure can cause mental retardation and encephalopathy in children. In adult it may cause anemia, neuropathy, gum disease and abdominal pain etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068. ...Read more
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