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Document ID (ISN)106377
CIS number 07-389
ISSN - Serial title 0007-0963 - British Journal of Dermatology
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koh D., Ng V., Leow Y.H., Goh C.L.
Title A study of natural rubber latex allergens in gloves used by healthcare workers in Singapore
Bibliographic information 2005, Vol.153, p.954-959. 20 ref.
Internet access 07-0389.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aims of this study were to quantify the levels of specific allergens in rubber gloves used in Singapore, to determine if these levels were above thresholds that may cause natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy and to compare the levels of these specific allergens in gloves used for different purposes, namely gloves used for examination purposes or for surgical procedures. Forty-nine rubber gloves were obtained from major hospitals and healthcare departments in Singapore and were analysed for their NRL allergen levels. An immunometric assay technique was used to determine the specific allergen levels in the gloves. It was found that NRL allergen levels in the majority of examination gloves used by healthcare workers in Singapore were high enough to cause NRL allergy among sensitized persons. The information can serve as evidence for a possible requirement for manufacturers to produce gloves with low NRL allergen levels and to state the allergen level in gloves in the product information.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; allergens; Singapore; health care personnel; latex; hospitals; natural rubber
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; sensitization; equipment testing; sampling and analysis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Hand and arm protection
Health care services