A variety of agents, including some hand protection products, can contribute to contact dermatitis among workers. Contact dermatitis is a major problem for employees in many industries. Dermatitis is most often seen among workers involved in activities such as construction, healthcare and cleaning.
A common factor for these activities is the need for hand protection, primarily in the form of rubber gloves.
When contact dermatitis occurs, the first instinct is to blame it on the gloves.
More often than not, however, the reason for the allergic reaction is not contact with one agent but a combination of rubber and another source.