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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; health and wellbeing

    Immunisation in early childhood education and care services

    Find out about managing the risks of diseases in the child care industry through immunisation or vaccination.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Child safety

    Farms are great places for children to grow and develop, however the safety for children on farms is a major concern.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in early childhood education and care services

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common viral infection that affects many people. This page has information about the risks of CMV infection in childcare facilities and the steps you can take to stay safe.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    People handling

    People handling is a high-risk activity in the health industry. The best way to manage the risks involves a systematic approach. Find out more in our resources and links.

  • Hazardous chemicals


    Laboratories are unique in that they often have relatively small quantities, but many different hazardous chemicals. This presents unique safety management challenges.

  • Environment

    Horse handling

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

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Vaccine-preventable diseases

    There are many serious and potentially life-threatening infectious diseases that can be prevented through vaccination. This page has information about vaccine-preventable diseases and occupational immunisation.

  • Environment; material

    Animal handling

    Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

  • Hazardous chemicals; plant, equipment and vehicle


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

  • Hazardous chemicals; material


    Pesticides are hazardous chemicals including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides that present a risk to health if precautions are not taken.

  • Electricity; environment

    Burns and scalds

    Burns are a serious injury that can be caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, light, radiation or friction. The severity of burns is measured with four levels.