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Document ID (ISN)78751
CIS number 02-823
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Liss G.M., Tarlo S.M.
Title Natural rubber latex-related occupational asthma: Association with interventions and glove changes over time
Bibliographic information Oct. 2001, Vol.40, No.4, p.347-353. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract Until 1999, there were 60 compensated claims for occupational asthma following exposure to latex in the Canadian province of Ontario. Of these, 49 were among health care workers (HCWs). The number of claims among HCWs varied between zero and two per year up to 1990, increased to between seven and eleven per year from 1991 to 1994 and declined to three per year in 1995-1996 and to between one and two per year in 1997-1999. In eight of the ten institutions having two or more occupational asthma latex claims, all claims occurred in 1996 or earlier. At the largest hospital, there were five accepted claims between 1993 and 1995. These findings suggest that despite the effect of increasing recognition of latex-related occupational asthma, the introduction of gloves with reduced powder or protein, and other interventions have resulted in actual declines the number of cases.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; natural rubber; health care personnel; asthma; hospitals; latex
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; compensation of occupational diseases; notification of occupational diseases; substitution; Canada
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services
Hand and arm protection