Latex Allergy



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9AM - 5PM CST (M-F)

Faculty: Donna L Atherton RN, MSN, NP and Carol Pierini MA


Successful Completion: Complete entire module, complete the exam with a passing score of 80% or better, and complete the evaluation form.


Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes.


CEUs: HIPAA Exams is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program. CEU Information


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The purpose of this educational, self-study training module is to ensure your knowledge of the current Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards to comply with Latex Allergy in health care facilities.

Course includes a video and audio component with stand-alone exam


What does a latex allergy look like?

A latex allergy typically presents itself as a skin reaction. The skin might show signs of irritation, redness, and hives. Some people may also experience symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath (with or without wheezing), abdominal pain, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. In a case of severe allergy, an allergic reaction could also include symptoms like eye tearing, irritation, wheezing, and itching. Severe symptoms can even escalate to anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition. Reactions could also be seen when the allergy manifests after certain types of exams, such as dental, vaginal, or rectal, which might lead to mouth and tongue swelling or itching.

Which step helps prevent a latex glove allergy?

The most important step to prevent a latex glove allergy is to avoid latex exposure. Try to use nonlatex gloves when performing activities that do not come into contact with infectious material. If you develop symptoms of a latex allergy, you should immediately stop using latex-containing products until you can see a healthcare provider. If diagnosed with a latex allergy, one should avoid touching, using, or being in areas where latex products are commonly used.

How long do latex allergy symptoms last?

Latex allergy symptoms can start anywhere from immediately after exposure to 4 days after you've come in contact with latex.

How do I test for a latex allergy?

The preferred method for testing for a latex allergy is a skin test. A healthcare provider will place a small amount of latex just under the skin surface of your forearm or back using a tiny needle. If you are allergic to latex, a raised bump will develop at the testing site.

What are the symptoms of a latex allergy?

Symptoms of a latex allergy may range from mild to severe and include itchy skin, hives, skin rash, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that may cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the current OSHA Standard for Latex Allergy.
  • Identify symptoms of a latex allergic reaction.
  • List the products you may encounter in your work environment that can cause a latex allergic reaction. 

Table of Contents

Latex Allergy

Table of Contents:

  • Latex Allergy: Standards to Comply with Latex Allergy
  • Legal Notice
  • Purpose and Learning Objectives
  • Target Audience
  • Course Introduction
  • What is Latex?
  • Products that May Contain Latex
  • Types of Latex Allergy
  • OSHA Healthcare Wide Hazard Latex Allergy
  • Workers at Risk for Developing Latex Allergy
  • OSHA Management of Latex Allergy
  • NIOSH Latex Allergy Recommendations
  • Your Role in Latex Allergy Screening
  • End of Course Exam

Course Content Example 1:

Course Introduction

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 8% to 10% of health care workers are latex sensitive with reactions ranging from irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact sensitivity, to immediate, possibly life-threatening sensitivity.

Health care workers including nurses, physicians, aides, pharmacists, operating room employees, and laboratory technicians are routinely exposed to rubber gloves and other latex-containing medical devices.

  • All of these health care workers are at high risk of developing a latex allergy!

This course will review the current OSHA and JC standards regarding latex allergy in the health care setting

Course Content Example 2:


Latex is a milky fluid found in rubber trees, which is the chief sour of natural rubber. Latex allergy is a reaction to proteins that are in natural rubber

Latex allergy is a term that describes the range of allergic reactions to substances in natural latex.

Rubber gloves are the main source of allergic reactions due to latex.

Course Content Example 3:

Types of Latex Allergy

Type I: Latex Hypersensitivity

Serious and rare form of latex allergy causing severe, immediate reaction can be life-threatening. It can be triggered by exposure to airborne particles

Symptoms include:

  • Rhinitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Irritation
  • Sever itching
  • Cramps
  • Gastrointestinal Problems


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