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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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  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; plant, equipment and vehicle; environment;material

    Construction in the agriculture, foresty and fisheries workplaces

    Information about construction in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries workplaces.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks; material

    Pig handling

    Pigs can cause serious injury if not handled properly. Learn about the risks involved in pig handling and how to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer ways to work out of produce bins

    Risks and solutions associated with moving produce from produce bins.

  • Environment

    Lyngbya (blue-green algae)

    Lyngbya majuscula is a toxic, blue-green algae that can cause severe irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory or gastrointestinal systems. Learn how to manage the risks.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Working with hay bales

    After harvesting, hay is baled. With some hay bales weighing as much as 800 kg, it is important to understand the risks of working with hay bales.

  • Environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Silo safety

    Falls, engulfment and subsequent suffocation, entanglement in machinery, and exposure to silo gases, dusts, and moulds are some of the main safety risks and causes of silo injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks

    Fruit harvesting and packaging

    Harvest is a busy time on a farm. With lots of ripe fruit ready to pick and pack and only a short time available to do the work, there can be lots of additional people and machinery at work. This presents a range of safety risks.

  • Environment

    Work with bird and bat droppings

    Work with bird or bat droppings can expose workers to some serious, infectious diseases. The risk from disturbing small amounts of fresh droppings is very low but grows higher from disturbing large accumulations of concentrated, dried droppings.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe design and use of cattle crates

    This page has information about safe design and use of cattle crates.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer field palletising on harvest aids

    Risks and solutions associated with handling loads when manually loading crates, boxes or bags of produce onto pallets in a harvest aid.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks

    Cattle handling

    Cattle are large animals that can move quickly and be aggressive. Their ease of handling can differ due to previous experiences, breed characteristics and psychological state. Workers face a range of risks when handling cattle.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Hendra virus

    Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes. Human infection results from close contact with infected horses and their blood, body fluids and tissues.