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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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  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Remote or isolated work

    Remote work refers to work that is isolated from the assistance of other people because of location, time, or the nature of the work.  It can involve working in locations where there is difficulty in immediate rescue or attendance of emergency services (where required).

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    High and/or low job demands

    A job can involve a combination of high and/or low physical, mental and emotional demands, which can create risks to the health and safety of workers.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Sun safety and skin cancer

    Workers who are exposed to the sun are at risk of being overexposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) – especially in Queensland. Cumulative exposure to UVR can cause sunburn in the short term and can lead to skin cancer and eye damage in the long term.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor organisational change management

    Poor organisational change management refers to organisational change management that is poorly planned, communicated, supported or managed.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor workplace relationships including interpersonal conflict

    Poor workplace relationships or interpersonal conflict can occur between managers, supervisors, co-workers or others with whom workers are required to interact. It can appear as frequent or excessive disagreements, or rude comments—either from one person to another or between multiple people.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Harassment including sexual harassment

    Harassment includes offensive remarks or behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers in relation to personal characteristics such as age, disability, race, sex, relationship status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Musculoskeletal disorders frequently asked questions

    Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about musculoskeletal disorders, which are also known as sprains and strains.

  • Hazardous chemicals


    Hydrogen is now preferred as a clean, renewal energy source to support the green economy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Gases in cylinders

    Compressed gas cylinders contain gas stored under significant pressure, presenting a significant hazard in the workplace.

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

    Storms and floods

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