|Document ID (ISN)||76164|
|Convention or series no.
||HSE Booklet INDG320
Health and Safety Executive
||Latex and you
||HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, Apr. 2000. 11p. 5 ref.
||Natural latex rubber is commonly used in the manufacture of protective gloves in the health care field, since it provides good protection against infection while at the same time allowing sensitivity and control. There has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of asthma and skin complaints attributed to natural latex rubber during the 1990s. Possible reasons include greater awareness of the problem and an increased use of natural latex rubber in protective gloves and other health care equipment. This booklet is aimed at health care workers who may be exposed to natural latex rubber in the course of their work, and stresses the importance of consulting a medical practitioner in the event of any symptoms of skin irritation or asthma. Responsibilities of employers under current United Kingdom legislation are also described.
||protective gloves; United Kingdom; training material; health hazards; natural rubber
||responsibilities of employers; symptoms; asthma; safety guides; health care personnel; legislation; consultations; eczema
||C - Training manuals, audiovisual material
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Hand and arm protection