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Hospital latex allergy programs in Massachusetts.

Tumpowsky C
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2000 Apr; :1-2
In this issue we present the results of two recent surveys conducted by the Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP). Previously, OHSP reported that latex is one of the most commonly reported occupational asthma causing agents among Massachusetts workers. To identify the types of measures used to control latex allergies among health care workers, OHSP conducted a survey of Massachusetts's hospitals. In addition, we present the results of the health care professional questionnaire that we sent with the last issue of the Bulletin. Recently OHSP conducted a survey of licensed hospitals in Massachusetts to better understand measures taken to prevent latex allergies among healthcare workers and to identify needs for further information and training about latex allergy prevention. The survey was mailed to infection control practitioners at all 83 acute care hospitals and several chronic care hospitals (n=11) across the state. It included 15 questions regarding hospitals demographics, latex policies and procedures, barriers to creating latex safer environments and needs for further information. The majority of surveyed hospitals (85%) responded. Most hospitals responding to the survey have taken steps to prevent or reduce employee exposures to latex products. The majority of hospitals reported having latex policies or programs in place. Most programs include the provision of non-latex and powder-free latex gloves, education, training and latex allergy surveillance.
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Lung-disease; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Employee-exposure; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Health-care; Disease-prevention; Airway-resistance; Surveillance-programs; Medical-monitoring; Lung-irritants; Health-surveys; Information-systems; Statistical-analysis; Allergens; Allergies; Allergic-reactions; Synthetic-rubbers; Protective-materials; Gloves; Health-care-personnel; Questionnaires; Control-methods; Demographic-characteristics; Work-operations; Work-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-practices
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: April 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division