Medical Exam Gloves  
Inside Knowledge on Latex, Vinyl, and Nitrile Exam Gloves  
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Preventing Allergic Reactions to Natural Rubber Latex in the Workplace


If latex exposure is a concern within at work, there are several preemptive actions you should take to protect yourself.  First, find out if anyone is allergic or sensitive to latex.  Everyone must be warned about the dangers of latex and victims must have full disclosure what products contain latex.

Within a hospital environment, the staff should protect any latex sensitive patients by placing them in a latex-free environment.  This will avoid any mishaps with the staff as everyone will know which patients are at risk to latex allergies.  Hospitals should take preemptive measures to find substitutes to latex products.  For example, instead of using latex examination gloves, hospitals should consider switching to nitrile gloves which are known to be latex-free.  If cost is a concern, vinyl synthetic exam gloves are known to provide great protection.

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