WASHINGTON (March 31)—The Oregon and Maine legislatures are considering bills designed to curtail the use of natural rubber latex gloves within their states. The Oregon bill calls on the state's Department of Human Services to conduct a risk-benefit study regarding the use of latex and alternative gloves in food service establishments, with an eye toward the possible ban of latex gloves in food service applications. The Maine legislation would ban non-sterile latex glove use in the state. It also would allow the use of non-powdered, low-protein, sterile latex gloves only if the benefits of using the gloves outweigh the risks and if the patient or someone authorized to speak on the patient's behalf consents to their use.
Oregon, Maine legislatures consider anti-latex bills
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