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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; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving, snorkelling and recreational water activities

    This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving, snorkelling industry and recreational water activities industry.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle


    Find out how to manage the workplace risks associated with welding.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material


    Some hazardous chemicals, called carcinogens, may cause cancer. Carcinogens can be found in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, scientific research and healthcare.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Working with large quantities of hazardous chemicals

    Some places of work store, handle or use hazardous chemicals in large amounts. These places have specific work health and safety responsibilities and obligations.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; plant, equipment and vehicle

    High risk work

    Licences are required for workers carrying out certain classes of high risk work.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Controlling fire and explosion risks

    Fire and explosion can have catastrophic consequences. You must control ignition sources such as naked lights, sparks and mobile phones where flammable atmospheres may exist.

  • Mental health

    Mental health

    Psychological health and safety is about protecting the psychological health of workers, in the same way that we protect their physical health. Find out how you can play an active role in ensuring the psychological health and safety of workers.

  • Electricity


    Electricity can kill if you give it the chance. Learn about your legal obligations and the steps you can take to stay safe when working around electricity.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Health and wellbeing

    The work people do can positively or negatively affect their health. There are many ways that organisations can improve their work processes to improve productivity and workers' health and to reduce chronic disease risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals are common in a wide variety of workplaces. Businesses must identify the hazards of all the hazardous chemicals onsite and safely manage their storage and handling and use.