Identifying Latex Allergens in Puerto Rican Hospitals and Businesses
The indoor environmental quality professionals at Zimmetry Environmental identify a wide range of indoor allergens from occupational settings.
Healthcare workers are at increased risk of developing an allergy because many use latex gloves so frequently.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that studies indicate that between 8 and 12% of the nation’s almost 8 million healthcare workers are sensitized to exposures to latex. Throughout the general population, the CDC states that between 1 to 5% of the population are also sensitized to this common allergen.
People can become sensitized and develop allergic reactions to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex products, such as those used in gloves and other items. Skin contact is not the only type of latex exposure. Latex proteins can become fastened to the lubricant powder used in some gloves, when workers change their gloves the protein and powder particles can become airborne and be inhaled.
Common symptoms of latex allergies include skin redness, hives and itching; respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and asthma; and, in rare cases, shock.
“With sensitized individuals, symptoms usually begin within minutes of exposure to latex proteins, but they can also occur hours later and can be quite varied,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Healthcare workers are at increased risk of developing an allergy because many use latex gloves so frequently. Other occupations with less glove use, such as housekeepers and hairdressers to name a few, are also at increased risk of becoming sensitized and allergic to latex.”
To identify latex allergens in healthcare and other occupational settings, Zimmetry Environmental offers comprehensive testing and consulting services for this and other common indoor allergens. If testing identifies their presence, Zimmetry’s experts can provide advice for ways to eliminate or mitigate their presence indoors. These indoor allergen services are available throughout Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean.
To learn more about Zimmetry’s allergen and indoor environmental quality testing, consulting and compliance services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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