Agent Name

Leather dust

Major Category

Biological Agents


Plant & Animal Dusts/Aerosols


IARC concluded that the evidence was sufficient to classify the manufacturing and repairing of leather boots and shoes as carcinogenic in humans. Workers had a higher incidence of sinonasal cavity adenocarcinomas. Processing chemicals and leather dust are the probable causal agents. [Harber, p. 612]

Reference Link

IARC 2012: Leather Dust

Adverse Effects
IARC Carcinogen

Known Carcinogen

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