Effects of a preventive message in the organizational context: occupational latex allergy in hospitals.
Maxfield AM; Lewis MJ; Tisdale JA; Lachenmayr S; Lum M
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):125-127
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).
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;
Author Keywords: latex allergy; organizational change; health communication; hospitals; evaluation; occupational health and safety; work environment
Andrew M. Maxfield, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Health Communications, Room 733G, 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20201
American Journal of Industrial Medicine