Laser printers emit small amounts of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) due to the heating of internal components, and they produce small amounts of dust (mostly paper remnants) as paper moves through the printer. Emissions 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 stringent Blue Angel limits set forth in the standard, and summary reports of Lexmark product emissions are available to customers upon request. 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.
Acoustics is the science of sound and vibration. Designing products for the environment includes consideration for sounds in the workplace. Lexmark’s environmental design is guided by the Blue Angel standard, and devices meet the requirements of RAL-UZ 171 and RAL-UZ 205.
Lexmark printers offer an ideal combination of efficient performance and quiet operation to enhance comfort in the workplace and to increase productivity. Quiet Mode, featured on many Lexmark products, provides customers the ability to adjust the sound level of their printer to meet personal preferences.
Lexmark product engineers 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) and (f) of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d). To further enhance the accessibility of our 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.
Our ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory allows Lexmark to perform official tests for Blue Angel certification in house and test innovative solutions to help reduce unwanted noise and improve the accessibility of our devices. Lab personnel are proficient in test methods for noise emissions under ISO 779, ISO 532B Zwicker loudness, ISO 9296 declaration and the Blue Angel ecolabel.