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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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  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Loading and unloading cattle

    Good preparation and a detailed understanding of the risks of loading and unloading cattle can help to keep cattle producers, livestock transport operators, and cattle handlers safe.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Palletising including field palletising on harvest aids

    Putting goods onto pallets makes it easier to transport and store them. Crops can be packed directly into pallets during harvest. Packing, unpacking, or and moving pallets has risks that can result in serious injury.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing


    Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydia [Chlamydophila] psittaci. The infection most commonly occurs in the parrot (psittacine) family, such as budgerigars and cockatiels, although other birds such as pigeons and poultry can also be infected. Infected birds can occasionally spread the infection to horses.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Fixed plant in packing sheds

    Specialised tasks like packing produce on farms require the use of specialised fixed plant in packing sheds. Workers are exposed to a range of risks when using, cleaning, and maintaining fixed plant.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Farm vehicles and harvesters

    Farm vehicles and harvesters are a major cause of death and serious injury to workers and family members, including children, on farms. Operators, passengers, and bystanders are all at risk.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Influenza A viruses in pigs

    Influenza A viruses are a cause of contagious respiratory infections in swine herds. Influenza A viruses are spread among pigs primarily through contact with nasal discharges and aerosols from sneezing and coughing, from infected to uninfected pigs.

  • Electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Electrical safety in the rural industry

    Electrical incidents in the rural industry have often involved contact between machinery or irrigation pipes with overhead powerlines. Other causes of electrical incidents include general lack of electrical equipment maintenance and unauthorised electrical handy-work.

  • Material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Concrete pumping

    Hazards, risks and other information related to concrete pumping.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Stockyard design

    Many accidents occur on farms as a result of run-down and unsafe stockyards. Poorly designed stockyards result in more handling hours and increase the risk of injury to both the handler and stock.

  • Electricity; environment

    Ceiling spaces

    There are serious electrical safety and other risks involved with working in ceiling spaces. It’s important to understand and manage these before entering a ceiling.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles

    Safety tips when operating a quad bike.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Japanese encephalitis virus

    Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is spread by mosquito bites. Most people infected have no symptoms or mild fevers and headaches. In about one in 100 people, it can cause severe disease and sometimes death.