animal allergy is one of the most common occupational health hazards in
laboratory animal work. The removal and control of allergens in the
animal facility is important for staff working with laboratory animals.
In recent years, increased focus on laboratory animal allergy has led to
the development of various types of allergen-reducing equipment, such
as animal containment workstations and air showers.
showers are commonly incorporated into laboratories using animal
handling workstations to prevent the spread of interfering allergens
from personnel to products. The air shower psychologically reinforces
change of attire, and physically removes skin microorganisms and
allergens. Air showers can thereby prevent infections inside the animal
facility and the spread of allergens outside. Nevertheless, the type of
clothing is an important factor in affecting the efficacy (Whyte,
The aim of this study is to test the
efficiency of the air shower on jump suit and lab coat material
contaminated with a specific amount of mice allergen by evaluating the
amount of allergen removed from the suit.
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