[LINK] Printers in Schools

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Jul 22 02:23:11 AEST 2009

Hi all,

In an idle moment I thought I would check out the "Material Safety Data 
Sheets" regarding a new (to me) HP Printer, which is also commonly used 
in schools. I was wondering what if a student etc licked a printed page,
or, (who knows) even drank the printer ink. One eventually arrives here:


Where, Hewlett-Packard Australia most usefully advise .. 



 Carcinogenicity: Evidence of carcinogenicity in humans: Inadequate data. 

 Further information: This ink formulation has not been tested for
 toxicological effects.


 Aquatic toxicity LC50/96h/Fathead minnows => 750 mg/L


My my, Hewlett Packard .. how useful .. so, aside from your information 
that your black ink does something to a, "Fathead Minnow" you basically 
make NIL information available regards the safety of your Deskjet black 
printer ink products, aside from generic, and standard advice, to "seek 
medical attention". 

So what does happen if any student licks just-printed pages? It appears
Hewlett-Packard doesn't know or aren't telling. Sigh, this just doesn't 
seem good enough to me, Hewlett-Packard.  Anyone at HP care to comment?

Cheers people
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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