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Deciding Whether Cheap Printer Ink Is Safe

2011-12-22

While it might cut costs, cheap printer ink can cause some businesses to worry over whether these ingredients will cause health problems for those handling the ink. More businesses need to find affordable ways to fill their printers with ink in response to rising printing costs. Ink refilling systems are more affordable for smaller businesses that do not print in large enough volumes to justify the storage of large amounts of ink, which eventually dry and go to waste. Besides saving money, refilling is also environmentally friendly. Cartridge disposal fills landfills with plastic, which does not easily break down.

Besides reducing waste, companies can avoid harming the environment by not dumping ink down the drain. By purchasing the most environmentally friendly cartridge products, which are remanufactured cartridges, businesses can purchase perfectly safe cartridges that are completely recycled.

Ink refilling systems can be very messy, so cheap printer ink that is potentially dangerous can be a cause of concern. One way to minimize this is to not fill the cartridges all the way up, either to the fill line within the cartridge or a quarter of an inch from the top. However, using ink with safe ingredients protects employees if ink does spill.

Read the label to identify whether the ink contains any harmful acids or other chemicals that might cause health problems if touched or swallowed. Also, some inks release fumes that can cause health problems if inhaled. If the fumes potentially cause health problems, refill ink cartridges in a ventilated area. If such an area is not available, a respirator might be needed.

Certain chemicals are very harmful. Alkyldiol ethoxylate #1 can cause serious injury to the eyes. Alkyldiol ethoxylate #2 can cause serious injuries when in contact with anything. The ingestion of large quantities of 2-Pyrrolidone and alkyldiol ethoxylate #1 and #2 can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Inhalation of fumes containing these substances can cause irritation. Long-term inhalation of metal nitrates can lead to headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath and bluish skin and lips.

Chemicals found in printer ink can vary, so read the ingredients on the label or contact the manufacturer and look the ingredients up on a reputable governmental website. Identify whether they are harmful.

For those who experience skin or eye contact with ink that contains any of these chemicals, rinse the eyes out with lukewarm water and scrub skin thoroughly with soap and water. Those who experience any of the symptoms of excessive inhalation should immediately go outside. If the ink is swallowed, consult with a physician. Inform employees about proper health precautions and learn as much as possible about the ink before deciding whether it is safe.

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