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metal coat hanger scratches (worried mum!!!!)
Sep 19, 2002

Dear Expert

My daughter who is 15 has just started some casual work with a clothing retail Company. When they have to put the clothes back for show, thay have been taught to place about 20 or more hangers on their arms and take them back that way. Because of this fmy daughter comes home every day she works with her left arm all scratched and inflamed, someti8mes even with blood. I am very concerned about this practice and am wondering if there is a possibility of contracting either Hepatitis B or HIV if one of the other workers has also scrathed themselves previously and has any of these conditions.

I am worried sick and have asked my daughter to leave but she thinks I am being paranoid. Please advise

Worried Mum!!!

Response from Ms. Breuer

HIV, no. Hepatitis, a remote possibility if a positive co-worker bled on the same hanger and your daughter's blood came into contact with the dried blood on the hanger. It's a remote chance, but why not just eliminate it by putting a denim or canvas sleeve over her arm when she needs to carry these hangers? Why come home scratched up and bleeding when it's not necessary?



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