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Document ID (ISN)76601
CIS number 01-822
ISSN - Serial title 0003-4878 - Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sri-Akajunt N., Sadhra S., Jones M., Burge P.S.
Title Natural rubber latex aeroallergen exposure in rubber plantation workers and glove manufacturers in Thailand and health care workers in a UK hospital
Bibliographic information Mar. 2000, Vol.44, No.2, p.79-88. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to estimate airborne natural rubber latex (NRL) concentrations for three occupational exposure groups, rubber plantation workers and NRL glove manufacturers in Thailand and health care workers in the UK. Two rubber plantations (110 workers), three NRL glove manufacturing factories (583 workers) in Thailand and one UK hospital (490 workers) were selected for the study. A preliminary workplace survey was carried out. Personal sampling was conducted and NRL aeroallergens were measured by an inhibition assay with NRL-specific IgE antibodies from NRL-sensitized people. The highest geometric mean NRL aeroallergen concentration was found in the glove manufacturing factories (7.3µg/m3), followed by the rubber plantations (2.4µg/m3) and the hospital (0.46µg/m3). The highest exposure to NRL aeroallergens is likely to occur in the manufacturing factories. Exposure to aeroallergens for the plantation workers was considered to be moderate and that of health care workers to be low.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; rubber industry; rubber plantations; health care personnel; latex
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; immunoglobulins; Thailand; United Kingdom; natural rubber; comparative study; allergy tests; dose-response relationship; air sampling; classification; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Health care services
Rubber industry