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Document ID (ISN)105055
CIS number 06-630
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Latza U., Haamann F., Baur X.
Title Effectiveness of a nationwide interdisciplinary preventive programme for latex allergy
Bibliographic information June 2005, Vol.78, No.5, p.394-402. Illus. 47 ref.
Internet access http://www.springerlink.com/media/lp3ef1rrqr5xxmylwa7w/contributions/j/3/3/1/j3314532m7844317.pdf [in English]
06-0630.pdf [in English]
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; health programmes; health care personnel; respiratory diseases; skin allergies; latex
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; compensation of occupational diseases; safety consciousness; frequency rates; allergic asthma; programme evaluation; Germany
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Hand and arm protection
Allergies
Workplace health promotion
Skin diseases