Illinois bans use of latex gloves in healthcare and food service

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — On Tuesday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation banning the use of latex gloves in food preparation and medical services.

Latex allergies can range from skin irritation to severe anaphylaxis, preventing sufferers from frequenting restaurants that use the gloves to prepare food or serve or receive care from many physicians.

“We want to make sure our spaces are accessible to all Illinoisans, including those with latex allergies,” Pritzker said. “With this legislation, we avoid avoidable allergic reactions and subsequent hospitalizations. I am proud to sign this bill to help create a more accessible, considerate, and healthy Illinois.

The legislation includes provisions for food services unable to obtain latex-free gloves. If it is not possible to obtain alternative gloves, latex gloves may be used provided there are prominent signs warning customers of the change. The same exception applies to medical providers, with specific instructions to prioritize non-latex gloves available for use on latex-allergic patients or patients unable to give a medical history. The law comes into force for catering establishments and EMS personnel on January 1, 2023 and on January 4, 2024 for health establishment personnel.