Agent Name

Teak

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Tectona grandis, L.F.; Djati; Teack; [Kanerva, p. 1322]

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Sources/Uses

The tree grows in Burma, India, Thailand, and Malaysia. It has been transplanted to South Africa and the West Indies. Resistant to termites and chemicals, teak wood has been used in exterior structures, chemical containers, and also in furniture. [Kanerva, p. 834]

Comments

Allergic contact dermatitis and asthma have been reported. [ILO Encyclo: Woodworking Processes, Table 1] The main allergen is deoxylapachol, one of the most potent natural sensitizers known. [Kanerva, p. 834]

Reference Link

Allergic contact dermatitis caused by olive wood jewelry

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

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