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How Far Should Photocopiers Be From Workers?

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As Far as Possible

You should keep photocopiers as far away from workers as possible because photocopier toner contains toxic chemicals such as selenium and give off ozone, also known as smog, according to the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association.

Separate, Well-Ventilated Room

Instead of a specific distance away from workers, you should keep photocopiers in a separate, well-ventilated area, according to the Workers Health Centre website. In addition, you should monitor the air quality of photocopier rooms for toxic chemicals and ozone.

Bottom Line

Ideally, you want to keep a photocopier as far away from workers as possible in a separate room, according to Rice University. Also, try to avoid giving tasks to workers that send them to the photocopier excessively, or rotate photocopier-intensive tasks among your employees.


Russell Huebsch has written freelance articles covering a range of topics from basketball to politics in print and online publications. He graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

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