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Medical Glove Allergen Standard developed by ASTM committee.
Press Release Summary:
Oct 13, 2009 - Standard D7558, Test Method for Colorimetric/Spectrophotometric Procedure to Quantify Extractable Chemical Dialkyldithiocarbamate, Thiuram, and Mercaptobenzothiazole Accelerators in Natural Rubber Latex and Nitrile Gloves, was developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products. It will allow rubber glove manufacturers to monitor level of residual chemicals in their end products and potentially make manufacturing changes to reduce allergen levels.
Original Press Release
New Medical Glove Allergen Standard Developed by ASTM Committee on Rubber
Press release date: Oct 07, 2009
The new standard, D7558, Test Method for Colorimetric/Spectrophotometric Procedure to Quantify Extractable Chemical Dialkyldithiocarbamate, Thiuram, and Mercaptobenzothiazole Accelerators in Natural Rubber Latex and Nitrile Gloves, was developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber.
Donald Beezhold, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a D11 member, says that D7558 will be useful to medical glove manufacturers but also to dermatologists and end users of medical gloves.
"The reason this standard is important is because there is a continuing problem of allergic reactions to medical gloves," says Beezhold. "This test should help manufacturers monitor and lower residual levels in their products."
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