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Tips : Wood & Dust Toxicity
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Wood/Dust Toxicity
From rec.crafts woodturning

Wood            Reaction        Site    Potency Source  Incidence
----            --------        ----    ------- ------  ---------
Bald Cypress    S               R       +       D       R
Balsam Fir      S               E,S     +       LB      C
Beech           S,C             E,S,R   ++      LB,D    C
Birch           S               R       ++      W,D     C
Black Locust    I,N             E,S     +++     LB      C
Blackwood       S               E,S     ++      W,D     C
Boxwood         S               E,S     ++      W,D     C
Cashew          S               E,S     +       W,D     R
Cocobolo        I,S             E,S,R   +++     W,D     C
Dahoma          I               E,S     ++      W,D     C
Ebony           I,S             E,S     ++      W,D     C
Elm             I               E,S     +       D       R
Goncalo Alves   S               E,S     ++      W,D     R
Greenheart      S               E,S     +++     W,D     C
Hemlock         C               R       ?       D       U
Iroko           I,S,P           E,S,R   +++     W,D     C
Mahogany        S,P             S,R     +       D       U
Mansonia        I,S             E,S     +++     W,D     C
                N                       +       D
Maple (Spalted) S,P             R       +++     D       C
Mimosa          N                       ?       LB      U
Myrtle          S               R       ++      LB,D    C
Oak             S               E,S     ++      LB,D    R
                C                       ?       D       U
Obeche          I,S             E,S,R   +++     W,D     C
Oleander        DT              N,C     ++++    D,W,LB  C
Olivewood       I,S             E,S,R   +++     W,D     C
Opepe           S               R       +       D       R
Padauk          S               E,S,R   +       W,D     R
Pau Ferro       S               E,S     +       W,D     R
Peroba Rosa     I               R,N     ++      W,D     U
Purpleheart                     N       ++      W,D     C
Quebracho       I               R,N     ++      LB,D    C
                C                       ?       D       U
Redwood         S,P             E,S,R   ++      D       R
                C                       ?       D       U
Rosewoods       I,S             E,S,R   ++++    W,D     U
Satinwood       I               E,S,R   +++     W,D     C
Sassafras       S               R       +       D       C
                DT              N       +       D,W,LB  R
                C                       ?       D       U
Sequoia         I               R       +       D       R
Snakewood       I               R       ++      W,D     R
Spruce          S               R       +       W,D     R
Walnut, Black   S               E,S     ++      W,D     C
Wenge           S               E,S,R   +       W,D     C
Willow          S               R,N     +       D,W,LB  U
West. Red Cedar S               R       +++     D,LB    C
Teak            S,P             E,S,R   ++      D       C
Yew             I               E,S     ++      D       C
                DT              N,C     ++++    W,D     C
Zebrawood       S               E,S     ++      W,D
------------------------------------------------------------------------
I  - irritant           S - skin        D  - dust         R - rare
S  - sensitizer         E - eyes        LB - leaves,bark  C - common
C  - nasopharyngeal     R - respiratory W  - wood         U - uncommon
     cancer
P  - pheumonitis,       C - cardiac
     alveolitis
     (hypersensitivity 
      pneumonia)
DT - direct toxin
N  - nausea, malaise
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reference:
1. Woods Toxic to Man, author unknown
2. Woods, B., Calnan, C.D., "Toxic Woods." Br. Journal of Dermatology 1976
3. ILO Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety 1983
4. Lame, K., McAnn, M., AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, AMA 1985
5. Poisondex, Micromedix Inc. 1990

 The following chart appeared in American Woodturner June 1990; Originally posted to rec.woodworking by Bruce Taylor 

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