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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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Psittacosis

    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.

  • 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.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles

    Quad bikes (also known as All Terrain Vehicles ATVs) have become a highly utilised item of machinery in recent years, due to their adaptability, low running cost and easy operation.

  • Environment

    Horse handling

    Horses have the strength, speed and ability to cause injury if they are not handled properly.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Manual tasks and noise

    Employers or self-employed people in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry need to protect themselves and their workers from the risk of exposure to excessive noise and manual tasks.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Events (short-term fuel storage)

    Special events are often attended by many people and may be located in densely-populated areas so it is essential to manage risks from hazardous chemicals.

  • Environment; material

    Animal handling

    Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Diseases from animals

    This page includes information about animal diseases including Hendra virus, influenza, Q fever, Leptospirosis, Hydatid disease, Psittacosis, Toxoplasmosis, and information about Australian bat lyssavirus and handling bats.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment

    Carbon monoxide in breathing air during air compressor use

    Compressed air can be used to supply clean breathing air to respiratory protective equipment. However, there is a risk that the air supplied by compressors powered by internal combustion engines can be contaminated with harmful gases and substances, including carbon monoxide.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Q fever

    Q fever is an infectious disease that is spread from animals to people. It is caused by bacteria called Coxiella burnetii.