|Document ID (ISN)||105055|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Latza U., Haamann F., Baur X.
||Effectiveness of a nationwide interdisciplinary preventive programme for latex allergy
||June 2005, Vol.78, No.5, p.394-402. Illus. 47 ref.
||http://www.springerlink.com/media/lp3ef1rrqr5xxmylwa7w/contributions/j/3/3/1/j3314532m7844317.pdf [in English]
06-0630.pdf [in English]
||This study describes a nationwide awareness campaign aimed at reducing exposure to powdered high-protein latex gloves among health care workers in Germany and evaluates the effectiveness of the programme. Data on compensation claims for latex-related skin and airway diseases were compared before and after implementation of the programme. A survey on change in glove use was also conducted after implementing the programme. The number of compensation claims for latex-induced skin diseases increased from 664 at the start of the programme in 1996 to 884 in 1998, and then decreased to 567 in 1999 and 204 in 2002. Similar decreases were observed for respiratory diseases. This programme was found to be effective and can be regarded as a model for the reduction of other occupational diseases such as bakers' or isocyanate asthma.
||protective gloves; health programmes; health care personnel; respiratory diseases; skin allergies; latex
||allergens; compensation of occupational diseases; safety consciousness; frequency rates; allergic asthma; programme evaluation; Germany
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Hand and arm protection
Workplace health promotion