The operating room has numerous items that have a natural latex rubber component. An unforeseen exposure and sensitivity may result from repeated exposure to the protein associated with natural latex rubber (commonly found in powdered gloves). True allergies are rare, but latex sensitivities can be seen in eight-17 percent of healthcare workers. If a student has a suspected reaction, he or she must report it to Berkeley College’s Surgical Technology Department Chair. Berkeley College cannot be held responsible for any latex sensitivity.