|Document ID (ISN)||106377|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0007-0963 - British Journal of Dermatology
|Convention or series no.
||Koh D., Ng V., Leow Y.H., Goh C.L.
||A study of natural rubber latex allergens in gloves used by healthcare workers in Singapore
||2005, Vol.153, p.954-959. 20 ref.
||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.
||protective gloves; allergens; Singapore; health care personnel; latex; hospitals; natural rubber
||threshold limit values; sensitization; equipment testing; sampling and analysis
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Singapore|
||Commerce, services, offices
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services
Hand and arm protection