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Is latex harmful?
Yes. There are many cases of workers suffering an allergic reaction to latex-lined gloves. Employers have a clear liability if their staff are not protected from exposure to harmful substances such as latex. This follows a groundbreaking decision in the High Court in which a health worker suffering from the effects of latex was successfully represented by her union, UNISON.
UNISON's information sheet on dermatitis outlines the key causes of dermatitis and effective ways to eliminate, or control, the risks.