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Dangers in your workplace

Abrasive blasting

Abrasive blasting is used in a wide range of industries for many different purposes including the removal of rust, scale, paint, graffiti, mildew, and various forms of surface preparation.

Burns and scalds

Burns are a serious injury that can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. The severity of burns is measured with four levels.

Confined spaces

The health and safety risks associated with working in a confined space must be managed. Designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, installers and constructors of plant or structures also have responsibilities.


Cranes and mechanical lifting gear are used to handle excessively heavy loads and, as such, create the potential for serious injury or death.


Demolition work includes any work to demolish, deconstruct or dismantle a structure, or part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure.


Health and safety risks from a person falling from one level to another must be managed.


Forklift trucks refer to an industrial lift truck equipped with a vertically elevating load carriage frame.

Health care and social assistance

Information useful for services related to hospital and allied health, aged and community care, and child care services.

High risk work

Licences are required for workers carrying out certain classes of high risk work.

Knives and blades in the workplace

Many workplaces use knives and blades on a regular basis. These hazards present risks of cuts and other injuries.


Poor lighting levels and/or the lack of emergency lighting and illuminated signage in times of power failure or in emergency situations can lead to serious workplace incidents which may affect workers and others.

Non-potable water

Non-potable water is water that has been used at least once and then supplied for reuse, either treated or untreated. Without appropriate treatment, recycled water may contain a range of contaminants.

Spray painting

Spray painting is used in a variety of industries and by a variety of workers. It is used to paint motor vehicles, buildings (inside and outside), structures, furniture, white goods, boats, ships, aircraft and machinery.

Storms and floods

It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the threat of a natural disaster. Below is important health and safety information about what to do before, during and after a natural disaster strikes.


Read about the dangers of arc and gas welding, including tips for welders on how to stay safe in the workplace.

Work at heights

A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risk of a fall from one level to another where it is likely that the person would be injured by the fall.

Last updated
04 September 2020

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