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Chemical Emissions and Ultrafine Particles

All laser printers emit small amounts of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) due to the heating of plastic parts, and they produce small amounts of dust (mostly paper remnants) as paper moves through the printer. Emissions from printers in the workplace are subject to occupational exposure restrictions of individual countries for specific chemicals.

Lexmark printers are tested throughout the development cycle for emissions of styrene, benzene, ozone, dust, total and individual volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particulates according to the protocols of the internationally recognized Blue Angel ecolabel. Results are compared to the Blue Angel limits set forth in the standard, and summary reports are available to customers upon request. No CO2 or other greenhouse gasses are emitted during the printing process as it does not involve combustion. In addition, the majority of Lexmark laser printers emit no more than trace amounts of ozone and all comply with the ozone limits set forth by Blue Angel.

Lexmark owns and operates a Blue Angel-certified and ISO 17025-accredited chemical emission test facility. This allows us to perform official tests for Blue Angel certification and EPEAT. We also conduct additional tests to gain a better understanding of emissions sources and solutions for mitigation.

Noise Emissions (Acoustics)

Acoustics is the science of sound and vibration. Designing products for the environment includes consideration for sounds in the workplace. Lexmark printers offer an ideal combination of efficient performance and quiet operation to enhance comfort in the workplace and to increase productivity.

Lexmark printers offer an ideal combination of efficient performance and quiet operation to enhance comfort in the workplace and to increase productivity.

Lexmark product designers assess our equipment acoustics and reduce unwanted noise while selectively incorporating helpful sounds. Our devices strive to meet the auditory requirements of Section 508 Subpart B § 1194.25 (e) & (f) of the amended (29 U.S.C 794d) of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Finding technical solutions to unwanted noise requires creativity and innovation. Since 2009, all devices are designed with a Quiet Mode feature. With this setting, customers can adjust the sound level of their printers to meet their personal preferences.

Lexmark continuously strives to improve our users’ experience in the workplace. To enhance our accessibility offerings Lexmark created the Voice Guidance solution to provide auditory output. Voice Guidance lets individuals with varying levels of ability use a keyboard to control select multifunction products, and receive auditory feedback. The voice output is amplified to at least 65 dB and is reset automatically after every use to the default volume level. Users can hear voice prompts through the device's built-in speakers or through their own headset.

Lexmark participates in the Blue Angel standard for environmental design guidance; its ISO 17025 accredited in-house test laboratory performs all acoustic testing needed to achieve the Blue Angel certification. The Blue Angel certification is the oldest environment-related label in the world and one of the first to include noise levels in its certification criteria. All Lexmark devices meet the noise requirements in the Blue Angel specification RAL-UZ 171.

Lexmark’s design team ensures that any sounds and vibrations are quiet and consistent throughout the life of our products. Lexmark products are subjected to continuous, ongoing quality audits by an external ISO 17025 accredited acoustics laboratory.

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