Intended for healthcare professionals

What causes occupational allergies to latex gloves?

Allergy to rubber may be due to the natural rubber latex or to other agents used in the manufacture of rubber materials. This article discusses problems encountered with latex, in particular with latex gloves. In the UK, under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, latex has been specified as a hazardous substance, requiring employers to undertake risk assessments of glove use and to provide suitable alternatives where necessary.
Dermatology in practice 2008; 16(3): 20–22
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