Natural rubber latex provides effective protection against many diseases, but
some workers who use latex gloves may develop allergic reactions such as
rashes, asthma and rarely, shock. Health care workers are at particular risk
for latex allergy, but other workers such as hairdressers, food service workers
and those in industries that manufacture latex products may also be
The US Montana Department of Labor & Industry offers the following tips on
preventing workers from developing an allergy to natural latex.
Primary prevention involves reducing potential development of allergy by
reducing unnecessary exposure to latex proteins for all workers. For example,
food service workers or gardeners do not need to use natural rubber latex
gloves for food handling or gardening. Gloves made of synthetic latex have been
cleared for marketing as medical gloves by the Food and Drug Administration and
can be used effectively for barrier protection against bloodborne pathogens.
Some general guidelines for reducing NRL exposure are listed below:
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