Latex Allergy Safety Training
29 CFR 1910.1030
Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex; a product made from the rubber tree. If you have a latex allergy, your body mistakes latex for a harmful substance.
Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing. Your doctor can determine if you have a latex allergy or if you’re at risk of developing a latex allergy.
Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of developing a latex allergy. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that 8-12% of health care workers are latex sensitive with reactions ranging from irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact sensitivity, to immediate, possibly life-threatening, sensitivity.
This course takes a closer look at latex allergy, including ways healthcare providers can reduce and/or prevent an allergy.
Latex Allergy - Curriculum
A short overview of latex use in the healthcare workplace.
Learn about the three different categories of reaction regarding latex allergies.
Specific details on the allergic contact dermititis reaction to latex.
Specific information on the IgE/histamine-mediated allergy reaction.
Learn about the steps that should be taken when diagnosing a latex allergy.
Learn the steps that you and your employer should take to protect against allergic latex reactions in the workplace.
Learn what to do next if you start to develop symptoms of an allergic latex reaction.
Learn through case studies about how different healthcare workers developed latex allergy reactions and what to look out for to ensure that you do not.
Learn the importance of barrier proetction and how it ties in to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
Learn about thee importance of reducing exposure to latex in the workplace.
Learn how the hierarchy of workplace controls should be used to better mitigate rislk of latex exposure, and when each type of control should be used.
Learn what responsibilities your employer has in reducing and managing your exposure to latex at work.
Learn your own responsibilties in managing your exposure to latex in your workplace.
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OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires that gloves be worn when it is reasonably anticipated that hand contact may occur with blood, other potentially infectious materials, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or contaminated items or surfaces, as well as when performing vascular access procedures [except as specified in paragraph (d)(3)(ix)(D)].
When gloves are being worn to protect against bloodborne pathogens, the standard requires that employers provide readily accessible alternatives, such as glove liners, for employees who are allergic to the gloves normally provided.