Latex gloves have proved effective in preventing
transmission of many infectious diseases to health care workers. But for
some workers, exposures to latex may result in allergic reactions. Reports
of such reactions have increased in recent years--especially among health
NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Latex
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NIOSH Publications on Latex
Latex Allergy: A Prevention Guide
NIOSH Publication No. 98-113
Questions and Answers about identifying and preventing latex allergy.
NIOSH ALERT: Preventing Allergic
Reactions to Natural Rubber Latex in the Workplace
NIOSH Publication No. 97-135 (June 1997)
Detailed description of latex allergy including presentation of existing
data and description of six case reports of workers who developed latex
allergy. The document also presents NIOSH recommendations for minimizing
latex-related health problems in workers while protecting them from infectious
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Percutaneous reactivity to natural rubber latex proteins persists in health-care workers following avoidance of natural rubber latex
Clin Exp Allergy, 2007, Sep;37(9):1349-56
External Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17845416?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
"Tips to Remember" Brochure was created by the Public Education Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
External Link: http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/latexallergy.stm
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)
Latex allergy topic page.
External Link: http://www.acaai.org/public/linkpages/latex.htm
American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI)
AAAAI and ACAAI Joint Statement concerning the use of powdered and non-powdered natural rubber latex gloves.
External Link: http://allergy.edoc.com/1997_archives/pdf/dec_97/487.pdf
Latex Allergy Site
This OSHA site addresses the recognition, evaluation, controls and compliance
issues surrounding latex allergy.
External Link: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/latexallergy/index.html
Latex Allergy Links
Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of latex allergy-related
sites. ELASTIC Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit organization that is dedicated
to the advancement of latex allergy awareness and management as well as
the prevention of future sensitization through education, information
sharing and support.
External Link: http://latexallergylinks.tripod.com/
with their predicted physiological roles
World Health Organization-International Union of Immunological Societies
(WHO-IUIS) Registered Latex Allergens listing with links for allergen
nomenclature and sequence database.
External Link: http://dmd.nihs.go.jp/latex/allergen-e.html