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Occupational Allergies

As stated above, avoidance is the cornerstone in coping with occupational allergies. Sometimes it may be implemented avoiding the triggering substance, but this is not always possible. A second measure would be to implement personal or general protection with adequate facemasks, gloves, air filtering systems, etc.

Preventing occupational asthma and rhinitis: a close control of the airborne levels of the agents known as cause of occupational asthma (air monitoring) is the best way for prevention. Education of workers and, at an earlier level, of young adults entering the workforce about risks of occupational asthma is also important.

Preventing occupational dermatitis: substitution of responsible substances, modification of production processes to avoid skin contact with hazardous substances, information and training of workers and use of protective agents and gloves are the most effective preventive measures.

Preventing occupational latex allergy: the use of powder-free latex gloves, vinyl and nitrile gloves and the avoidance of other latex products is very effective in preventing occupational latex allergy.