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Allergy to certain latex proteins emerged as an occupational disease in the 1980s and continues to be an important occupational health problem as natural rubber products are used increasingly worldwide, particularly in healthcare. Symptoms of the immediate type of allergy produced range from rash, itchy or runny eyes or nose, sneezing, and coughing to chest tightness, shortness of breath and anaphylactic shock.
This systematic review summarises current evidence and is intended to assist occupational health professionals, managers and other interested parties in providing advice on occupational health interventions to address the problem of latex allergy from both individual and institutional perspectives.
Full guidelines (2008)
Employers leaflet (2008)
Employees leaflet (2008)