A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Alert sent to hospitals and the intentions of hospital decision makers to advocate for latex allergy control measures

Andrew Maxfield, Jane Lewis, Sue Lachenmayr, Julie Tisdale, Max Lum

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number0150463
Pages (from-to)463-467
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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