Agent Name

Australian blackwood

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Acacia melanoxylon R.Br.

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Sources/Uses

This wood of this Australian tree is used for many purposes including indoor and outdoor construction. The tree also grows in Tasmania, Africa, South America, and India. [Kanerva, p. 827, 1323]

Comments

Allergic contact dermatitis and asthma have been reported. [ILO Encyclo: Woodworking Processes, Table 1] Cases of woodworkers (joiners, furniture makers, house and boat builders) with allergic contact dermatitis have been reported in Australia since 1925. A case was reported in the wife of a cabinetmaker whose workshop was in the basement. The main allergen is Melacacidin. [Kanerva, p. 827] Occupational asthma was confirmed in 3 furniture workers with specific bronchoprovocation testing. [Malo]

Reference Link

Contact allergy to Australian blackwood

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

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