This study evaluated a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alert concerning the risk and prevention of latex allergy among health care workers. It has been estimated that 8-12% of health care workers are sensitized to latex. NIOSH Alerts are publications that are intended to educate stakeholders about risks in the workplace; this Alert contained four recommendations for administrative control measures that hospital decision makers could adopt to reduce the risk of latex allergy to employees. The Alert was mailed to a random selection of Directors of Infection Control and Directors of Nursing in hospitals in the US. A random sample of these targeted recipients and a control group were surveyed by telephone (N = 298). Although nearly all of the respondents were concerned about latex allergy (96%), those reporting having seen the Alert were significantly more likely to report an intention to advocate for one or more of the control measures.
Cell-damage; Cell-metabolism; Cellular-reactions; Cellular-respiration; Cellular-transport-mechanism; Lung-disorders; Lung-cells; Lung-fibrosis; Lung-irritants; Pneumoconiosis; Pulmonary-congestion; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Animal-studies; Humans; Injuries; Silica-dusts; Silicon-compounds; Silicosis; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-particles