Product Emissions

Learn more here about Blue Angel and Blue Angel-certified Lexmark products.

Visit ECMA 370 / The Eco Declaration for product declarations which include chemical emissions and acoustics summaries.

Noise emissions (acoustics)

Acoustics is the science of sound and its human perception. 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 DE-UZ 219.

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 with 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 of the US Rehabilitation Act as well as ETSI EN 301 549. 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 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 develop 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 7779 Sound levels, ISO 532B Zwicker loudness, ISO 9296 declaration, and the Blue Angel ecolabel.

Chemical emissions

Laser printers emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 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 established by individual countries for specific chemicals.

Lexmark printers are tested throughout the development cycle according to the protocols of the internationally recognized Blue Angel ecolabel.  Emission results for total volatile organic compounds, benzene, styrene, ozone, dust and ultrafine particles 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. 

Lexmark owns and operates a Blue Angel certified and ISO 17025 accredited chemical emission test laboratory. This allows us to perform accredited in-house tests for Blue Angel certification and EPEAT. Moreover, frequent trials are conducted to gain a better understanding of emissions sources and solutions for mitigation.