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Effects of a preventive message in the organizational context: occupational latex allergy in hospitals.

Authors
Maxfield-AM; Lewis-MJ; Tisdale-JA; Lachenmayr-S; Lum-M
Source
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):125-127
NIOSHTIC No.
20000851
Abstract
This study was conducted by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in conjunction with NIOSH. The impetus behind this study was twofold. First, the study was intended to identify, or at least clarify, what hospitals are doing in terms of reducing the risks of latex allergy to employees. Second, the study was intended to determine whether the NIOSH Alert on Preventing Allergic Reactions to Natural Rubber Latex had any effects and under what conditions. For hospitals, the most effective way to reduce the risk of latex allergy to workers lies in the adoption of particular administrative controls or policies. The Alert makes several recommendations, including that health care workers use powder-free reduced protein latex gloves rather than powdered latex gloves (Heilman et al., 1996).
Keywords
Work-environment; Allergens; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Allergic-reactions; Behavior-patterns; Hospital-equipment; Employees; Employee-health; Employee-exposure; Occupational-exposure; Safety-measures; Gloves
Contact
Andrew M. Maxfield, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Health Communications, Room 733G, 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20201
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19990901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
aqm6@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
DC; NJ
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