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Hazards index

Hazards are anything that can cause harm and every place of work has them. Understanding the hazards at your work can help you manage risks and keep workers safe and healthy.

This information will help you identify the hazards at your work and the steps you can take to reduce or remove risks for yourself and your workers.

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  • Mental health

    Mental health

    Psychological health and safety is about protecting the psychological health of workers, in the same way that we protect their physical health. Find out how you can play an active role in ensuring the psychological health and safety of workers.

  • Electricity

    Electricity

    Electricity can kill if you give it the chance. Learn about your legal obligations and the steps you can take to stay safe when working around electricity.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Health and wellbeing

    The work people do can positively or negatively affect their health. There are many ways that organisations can improve their work processes to improve productivity and workers' health and to reduce chronic disease risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals are common in a wide variety of workplaces. Businesses must identify the hazards of all the hazardous chemicals onsite and safely manage their storage and handling and use.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Hazardous manual tasks

    Sprains and strains are the most common workplace injury and the vast majority are caused by hazardous manual tasks, which is also known as manual handling. Learn what you can do to keep workers safe.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; material

    Welding

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

  • Environment; material

    Lyngbya

    Exposure to Lyngbya majuscula (lyngbya), a naturally occurring, toxic, blue-green algae, can cause severe irritation to the eyes, skin, respiratory system or gastrointestinal system.

  • Environment; material

    Lead

    Lead can be inhaled through dust or fumes or swallowed through eating contaminated food or smoking with contaminated fingers. Untreated lead poisoning in adults, children and pets can be fatal.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material

    Pesticides

    Pesticides are hazardous chemicals including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides that present a risk to health if precautions are not taken.

  • Electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Lighting

    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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Securing loads on trucks

    This page has guidance on how to secure loads on trucks safely.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Diseases from animals

    This page includes information about animal diseases including Hendra virus, influenza, Q fever, Leptospirosis, Hydatid disease, Psittacosis, Toxoplasmosis, and information about Australian bat lyssavirus and handling bats.