Agent Name

Ebony

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Diospyros crassiflora HIERN (African ebony); Diospyros celebica BAKH (Macassar); Dospyros ebenum KOENIG (Ceylon ebony); Diospyros melanoxylon ROXB (Coromandel); [Kanerva, p. 831]

Category

Wood Dusts & Extracts

Sources/Uses

The ebony tree belongs to the species Diospyros. The wood is used in cabinets, inlays, and musical instruments. [Kanerva, p. 831]

Comments

Documented cause of occupational asthma; [Malo] Allergic contact dermatitis and asthma have been reported after exposure to ebony (Dalbergia spp.). [ILO Encyclo: Woodworking Processes, Table 1]

Reference Link

Occupational asthma due to ebony wood (Diospyros crassiflora) dust.

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Asthma

Yes

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