Latex dangers highlighted

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Twelve hundred workers develop allergies to rubber every year – theequivalent of one every seven hours, a report has calculated. The report follows a ‘latex summit’ organised in May and has been puttogether by the TUC, the Latex Allergy Support Group and the NationalAssociation of Theatre Nurses. Latex and rubber allergies cost employers, predominantly the NHS, more than£120m a year. The majority of workers who contract the allergy are nurses and otherhealthcare workers, who develop symptoms such as asthma, dermatitis orpotentially fatal anaphylaxis. The summit, which included nurses, latex allergy sufferers, Malaysian glove manufacturers,unions, health sector employers and government agencies, concluded moreeducation was needed to raise awareness. Delegates agreed that the NHS needed to implement a risk management approachto latex to prevent staff developing allergies, backed up by better enforcementof health and safety laws, Safer gloves also needed to be made more widelyavailable. The TUC’s health and safety specialist Owen Tudor, who chaired the summit,said: “Leadership from ministers, from the rubber industry and from NHStrust managers is needed to give this issue the priority and profile itneeds.” A further summit will be held this autumn. Latex dangers highlightedOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more