I wonder if anyone can help me out? I'm a graphic designer, so am computer based for pretty much the entire working day. I've been told that I have to change offices to be with the rest of my department - Reprographics. This will mean I'll be in a room with three large, high-volume high-speed photocopiers plus a colour laser printer, countless print finishing machines etc, plus the room is very cramped, and there is very little ventilation. There are bars on the windows (bad area!) which means the windows won't open more than an inch.
I've been on the H&SE website but I can't find the documentation I really need. Am I right in thinking that this isn't going to be great for my breathing and may cause my asthma to deteriorate? I'm currently in an office with good ventilation and have gotten the asthma under control to the point where I rarely have any symptoms at all. My worry is that fibres from the huge amount of paper plus the fine grains of toner from the printers flying around might take me back several steps, or maybe even cause permanent damage. The other members of the team are in and out of the room, whereas I would be based in there all day, every day.
Ideally I'd like a document from the H&SE which clearly states that this could cause problems for someone with asthma. Would anyone know where that could be on the website?!
I'll also be calling my asthma nurse later on to see if she can advise me, and maybe write a letter to work..... any other brainwaves?