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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Work with sewage, including untreated (raw) sewage, sludge, effluent water, grit, septic tank waste and biosolids, can expose workers to infection risks.
Before installing water meters or repairing or replacing metal water services, plumbers and their assistants should plan and use a safe system of work to prevent or minimise the risk of electric shock.
Hazardous chemicals; electricity; environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle
To assess the risk of fire and explosion, you must have a hazardous area classification wherever flammable liquids, vapours, gases and combustible dusts are used, stored and handled.
Hazardous chemicals; environment; material
Dust containing respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is created by certain processes when working with materials that contain silica. When breathed in, RCS exposure over time can cause fatal lung disease. Find out more about your legal obligations to manage RCS exposure and how to keep workers safe.
Plant, equipment and vehicle
You must manage the risk of collision and injuries when vehicles and powered mobile machinery and equipment operate in the same area as pedestrians.
Legionella bacteria are found in the environment. Human infection is most commonly caused by Legionella pneumophila found in man-made water systems such as cooling towers and spas, and Legionella longbeachae found in potting mix and compost.