Xerox Testing Finds High Levels of Carcinogen in Third-Party Toner Cartridges

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Xerox recently reported that its Analytical Services Department tested widely available, third-party aftermarket toner for the Xerox Phaser 6510 printer, and found high levels of the carcinogenic compound styrene:

  • Styrene levels were at 650 parts per million (ppm) for a Chinese-manufactured aftermarket toner versus 4 ppm for Xerox Genuine Toner, a 16,510-percent difference.
  • The Xerox safety guideline is less than 25 ppm.

Volatile Organic Compound testing in Xerox - Phaser 6510: Styrene levelsStyrene and Lung Cancer

According to Xerox, those who use bargain-brand third-party toner cartridges may be introducing  higher amounts of styrene into indoor office air. It notes that:

  • California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment cites studies showing that styrene increased the incidence of combined malignant and benign lung tumors.
  • In April, 2016, the State of California added styrene to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Through the oversight of the Xerox Environmental Health & Safety organization, Xerox says it’s long worked toward minimizing the use of hazardous substances in its products. Thanks to its stringent requirements, Xerox says its toners and printing products:

  • Are non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic.
  • Do not pose a toxicity hazard to humans or aquatic species.
  • Will not cause a permanent, adverse impact to the skin, eyes or respiratory system.

Xerox posts safety data sheets for every product  it sells. These contain information relating to the safe use, storage, and disposal of supplies.

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