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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving and snorkelling

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

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; hazardous manual tasks; material; environment; mental health; health and wellbeing; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Young workers

    Young workers aged from 15 to 24 years make up about 18 per cent of the Queensland workforce. Around 4400 young workers are seriously injured at work in Queensland each year.

  • 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 chemicals; material; environment

    Biological hazards

    Biological hazards can cause risks to workers in a number of ways. This page has information about a range of biological hazards including bacterial and viral hazards and diseases from animals.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Hazardous dusts

    All airborne dust is hazardous to health. Dust can contain a range of materials including sand, dirt, pollen, minerals, wood, micro-organisms, and vehicle and industrial exhausts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Forklifts

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

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Alcohol-based hand sanitiser manufacturers

    Learn about the risks associated with manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitisers and what you must do to keep your workers safe and healthy.