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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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  • Electricity

    Electrical arc flash

    De-energise equipment before starting any electrical work to prevent burns, injury and death caused by an electrical arc flash. If the job requires you to work live, control the risks and follow safe work procedures.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractor training

    Training is essential to ensure the safe and effective operation of a tractor. This page explains what tractor training can teach you.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer sorting and grading on conveyors

    Sorting and grading goods on conveyors saves time and money and helps to keep the quality high. But it comes with the risk of serious injury.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractor safety precautions

    There are things you can do to stay safe while using a tractor. Read about them here.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving and snorkelling

    This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving and snorkelling industry.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Falling object protective structures (FOPS)

    A falling object protective structure protects machine operators from falling objects.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Children on farms

    Children on farms are exposed to many hazards. Find out what you can do to protect them, and what your legal responsibilities are.

  • Environment; material

    Sheep handling and shearing

    Information about sheep handling and shearing including mulesing, jetting, dipping and drenching, mustering, lifting sheep, diseases from animals and shearing.

  • Environment; material

    Animal handling

    Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Machinery and equipment

    Agriculture, forestry and fisheries plant includes a range of machinery and equipment including farm vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes.

  • Health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health

    Safety of older farmers

    As the rural workforce continues ageing, there's an increased risk of fatalities and serious injuries.

  • Electricity

    Exclusion zones

    Contact with overhead or underground electric lines can have deadly consequences. Exclusion zones are the minimum safe distance from live power lines to reduce the risk of an electric shock.