Stuff of interest



SPECIESClassReaction CategoryPotencySourceIncidence
Afromosiairritanteye & skin, respiratorygreatdustrare
Alderirritanteye & skin, respiratory
Angelicoirritanteye & skin, respiratorygreatdust
Balsam firsensitizereye & skinsmalldustrare
Birchsensitizerrespiratory, nauseagreatdust, woodrare
Black locustirritantnauseagreatrare
Blackwoodsensitizereye & skingreatdust, woodcommon
Boxwoodsensitizerrespiratorysmalldust, woodrare
Cashewsensitizereye & skingreatdust, woodrare
Chechemirritantrespiratory, eye & skingreatdust, woodunknown
Cocoboloirritantrespiratory, eye & skingreatdust, woodcommon
Ebony irritant, sensitizerrespiratory, eye & skingreatdust, woodcommon
Elmsensitizereye & skinsmalldustrare
Firirritanteye & skinsmallrare
Goncolo alvessensitizereye & skinsmalldust, woodrare
Greenheartsensitizerrespiratory, eye & skinextremedust, woodcommon
Guareasensitizereye & skinextremedustrare
Hemlock nasal cancergreatdustrare
Ipeirritantrespiratory, eye & skin
Irokoirritantrespiratory, eye & skinextremedust, woodcommon
Kingwoodirritanteye & skin
Mahogany, Americansensitizerrespiratory, eye & skinsmalldustrare
Mahogany, Africansensitizerrespiratorygreatdustrare
Makoreirritantrespiratory, eye & skin
Mansoniairritantrespiratory, eye & skinextremedust, woodcommon
Maplesensitizerrespiratorygreatdust, woodrare
Mimosairritantnasalextremedust, woodcommon
Myrtlesensitizerrespiratorygreatdust, woodcommon
Oak, rednasalgreatdustrare
Obechesensitizerrespiratory, eye & skingreatdustcommon
Olivewoodsensitizerrespiratory, eye & skingreatdust, woodcommon
Padaukirritantrespiratory, eye & skin, nauseaextremedust, woodcommon
Pau ferrosensitizereye & skinsmalldust, woodrare
Peroba rosesensitizerrespiratorygreatdust, woodcommon
Peroba whitesensitizerrespiratory, eye & skin
Purpleheartsensitizereye & skin, nauseasmalldust, woodrare
Quebrachonasal cancergreatdustrare
Raminirritantrespiratory, eye & skinsmalldustrare
Redwoodsensitizerrespiratory, nasal cancersmalldustrare
Rosewood(s) irritant, sensitizerrespiratory, eye & skinextremedust, woodcommon
Satinwoodirritantrespiratory, eye & skinextremedust, woodcommon
Sassafrassensitizerrespiratory, nausea, nasal cancersmalldust, woodrare
Sequoiairritantrespiratory, nasal cancersmalldust, woodrare
Snakewoodirritantrespiratorygreatdust, woodrare
Sprucesensitizerrespiratorysmalldust, woodrare
Teaksensitizereye & skinextremedustcommon
Walnut, blacksensitizereye & skingreatleaves & barkunknown
Wengesensitizerrespiratory, eye & skingreatdustcommon
Willowsensitizernasal cancergreatdustunknown
W. redcedarsensitizerrespiratory, nasal cancergreatdustcommon
Yew, Europeirritanteye & skingreatdustcommon
Zebrawoodsensitizereye & skingreatdustrare

This information is an accumulation from several wood working magazines, old and new. Do NOT take it as gospel, but be aware, especially if you already have allergic reaction or sensitivity.

Class: Woods are either an irritant which cause a reaction fairly rapidly after exposure and will cause a similar reaction repeatedly, or sensitizers which may have a latency period of hours or months and may require repeated handling before reaction occurs. Sensitizer’s are the more severe, because once you’re sensitized, you’re sensitized for life and the reactions only get more dramatic

Reaction Category:
Eye and Skin irritation (hives, itching, redness).
Respiratory problems.
Nausea headache, or general malaise, possibly even liver or kidney malfunction.
Cancer of nose and sinus.
Statistics show that woodworkers have a 40 per cent greater chance of nasal cancer than the general population, but the majority of statistics on nasal cancer are based on data from 1920-1960 when the furniture industry became highly mechanized with little or no dust control methods. So don’t freak.

Potency: Small, Great, Extreme. This is the potential of the wood or sawdust doing harm and would vary with the individual i.e., those who are allergy prone might think twice about working with wood classed as extremely potent.

Source: Dust or Wood or both

Incidence: Common, Rare, Uncommon, Unknown. This is probably the vaguest of the categories as most doctors wouldn’t know an allergic reaction to wood if it bit them in the face.

Note that this data does not take into consideration Man’s penchant for trying to poison himself by using formaldehyde in plywood, treated woods, sodium compounds in white pine to prevent blue stain, etc.