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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IN HAWAII TO DEVELOP CLINICALLY
    SOUND PROTOCOLS AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS LATEX
    ALLERGIES AND EDUCATE HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND PATIENTS
    ABOUT LATEX ALLERGIES.



 1        WHEREAS, natural rubber latex gloves protect the health of
 2   patients and health care workers by providing highly effective
 3   barrier protection against the transmission of deadly
 4   bloodborne pathogens including the hepatitis B and C viruses
 5   and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, powered natural rubber latex gloves are the
 8   barrier of choice for most health care professionals against
 9   deadly infectious agents because of their mix of properties and
10   their unique, high elasticity and tensile strength; and
11   
12        WHEREAS, health care workers and other personnel have
13   experienced allergic reactions when exposed to natural rubber
14   latex products, ranging from minor skin irritation and rashes
15   to, in rare cases, systemic reactions; and
16   
17        WHEREAS, for nearly a decade, federal laws and regulations
18   have existed to regulate the use of natural rubber latex
19   gloves; and
20   
21        WHEREAS, many health care providers have actively
22   established clinically sound protocols and management
23   strategies to alert and educate health care workers and
24   patients to the implications of latex allergies; and
25   
26        WHEREAS, health care providers must comply with the
27   Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA),
28   bloodborne pathogen regulations requiring employers to provide
29   alternative gloves to those who are allergic to the gloves
30   normally provided; now, therefore,
31   
32        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
33   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
34   Representatives concurring, that the health care industry in

 
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 1   Hawaii, the medical device manufacturing industry, and the
 2   Department of Health (DOH) are requested to encourage:
 3   
 4        (1)  Health care facilities to comply with OSHA's
 5             bloodborne pathogen regulations requiring employers
 6             to provide alternative gloves to those who are
 7             allergic to the gloves normally provided;
 8   
 9        (2)  Health care facilities and others who utilize natural
10             rubber latex gloves to establish clinically sound
11             protocols and management strategies to address latex
12             allergies; and
13   
14        (3)  The education of health care workers and others who
15             utilize natural rubber latex gloves about latex
16             allergies;
17   
18   and
19   
20        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the DOH is requested to form a
21   committee to advise and assist in the implementation of this
22   Concurrent Resolution, and that the committee include
23   representatives from the Hawaii Nurses Association, Hawaii
24   Medical Association, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Hawaii
25   Primary Care Association, Federation of Physicians and
26   Dentists, fire and police departments of each county, and
27   Hawaii Dental Association; and
28   
29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOH submit a report on the
30   status of efforts pursuant to this Concurrent Resolution to the
31   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of
32   the Regular Session of 2000; and
33   
34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
35   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health,
36   Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Medical Association,
37   Hawaii Primary Care Associations, Federation of Physicians and
38   Dentists, fire and police departments of each county, Hawaii
39   Nurses Association, Hawaii Dental Association, and
40   representatives from the medical device manufacturing industry.
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