Agent Name

Birch tar oil

CAS Number

8001-88-5

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Betula alba oil; Birch oil; Oil of birch; Betula pendula oil; Birch tar oil, empyreumatic; Birch tar oil, rectified; Birth tar oil (Betula pendula Roth); Essential oil of birch wood; Oil White birch; Oils, birch-tar; Oils, white birch; Oleum rusci; White birch oil; [ChemIDplus] UN1993

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Description

Brown to dark brown liquid; [HSDB] Yellow to dark brown clear viscous liquid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a leather and wood preservative, synthetic flavor in foods and beverages, fragrance ingredient, and topical medication for the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, and other chronic skin diseases; [HSDB]

Comments

for "Birch," allergic contact dermatitis has been reported. [ILO Encyclo: Woodworking Processes, Table 1] Irritating to skin; A moderate eye and mucous membrane irritant; A mild allergen [SAX] Emergency treatment: "Essential oils"; [HSDB] An irritant; [MSDSonline]

Reference Link

Immediate contact allergy to birch leaves and sap

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Combustible liquid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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