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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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  • Electricity

    Exclusion zones

    Contact with overhead or underground electric lines can have deadly consequences. Exclusion zones are the minimum safe distance from live power lines to reduce the risk of an electric shock.

  • Electricity

    Electrical arc flash

    De-energise equipment before starting any electrical work to prevent burns, injury and death caused by an electrical arc flash. If the job requires you to work live, control the risks and follow safe work procedures.

  • Electricity

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS)

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS) for homes or small commercial buildings are a serious safety risk if incorrectly installed. Any business installing a BESS must make sure that their workers are safe.

  • 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.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Work at heights

    The work health and safety regulation sets out specific control measures that are required where there is a risk of a fall of at least three metres in housing construction work and two metres in other construction work.

  • 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.

  • Electricity

    Construction wiring

    Construction wiring is a term used for the electrical installation that supplies temporary power to a construction site.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Elevating work platforms

    There are a number of hazards associated with elevating work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).

  • Electricity

    Electrical work in declared disasters

    This page has information about electrical work within a declared disaster situation, undertaking repair and reinstatement work within a declared disaster situation, volunteering and notifying availability.

  • Electricity

    Cathode protection systems

    Cathodic protection systems are complex and you need a consultant or fully trained person in the installation, operation and testing of these systems.

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

    Confined spaces

    Confined spaces that may be found on a construction site include some types of excavations or trenches, drainage or sewerage pipes, and crawl spaces.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractors

    Tractors are powerful machinery used to make common tasks easier and faster to complete. They are safe when operated properly but can be dangerous if used incorrectly.