Masking tape containing (NRL) latex is used throughout
hospitals, clinics, schools, and industry with no thought of it being a hazard, but in fact all major brands of masking
tapes contain high quantities of Latex based adhesives ( >80%).
Tape manufactures do not label their products with the product’s
chemical and physical characteristics, but rather list the contents as a “trade secret”.
Masking tapes often go though multiple repackaging and relabeling
phases, making the true source of the tape difficult or impossible to trace. Bargain brands often switch between source manufactures
from many domestic and foreign sources to get the best price. This results in a ever changing chemical composition within
a private labeled brand tape.
Hospitals, schools, and many other industries buy masking
tape for a multitude of uses, and many rolls end up in areas where sensitive patients, students, or employees work and play.
Once in the environment, masking tape is used for thousands
of uses, and is handled by everyone. Each time the (NRL) latex tape is applied, removed, or torn,
thousands of latex particles are transferred to the environment and potentially to everyone! Latex in this form can increase EVERYONES
potential for sensitivity and allergic reactions. ( an estimated 10% of the population has sensitivity to latex, and this
percentage will grow with increase exsposure)
We urge you to check
your use of masking tape in your hospitals, schools, clinics, homes, and work area. Take action to remove this hazard
as a means of safe guarding everyone's environment and health.