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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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  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Hazardous manual tasks

    Sprains and strains are the most common workplace injury and the vast majority are caused by hazardous manual tasks, which is also known as manual handling. Learn what you can do to keep workers safe.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Respirable crystalline silica

    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.

  • 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.

  • Environment

    Legionnaires’ disease

    Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria, including the most serious, Legionnaires' disease, as well as the less serious condition of Pontiac fever. This page has information to help manage and minimise the risk of Legionella at your place of work.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Flammable and combustible liquids

    Find out about how the Globally Harmonised System defines a flammable liquid and your responsibilities for storing and handling them.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Knives at work

    Knives are a common cause of injury at work. Workers who handle knives and sharp-edged objects are at risk of cutting themselves or others, or having a serious strain or sprain injury.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; health and wellbeing; material

    Infection risks from flood recovery and response work

    Workers who are involved with flood recovery and response work may be exposed to infection risks from contact with contaminated floodwater, soil and mud.

  • Environment

    Bushfire smoke

    Ongoing bushfire activity can decrease air quality and may affect the health of all workers, not just those involved in fighting fires.

  • 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.

  • Environment; material


    Lead can be inhaled through dust or fumes or swallowed through eating contaminated food or smoking with contaminated fingers. Untreated lead poisoning in adults, children and pets can be fatal.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Hazardous dusts

    All airborne dust is hazardous to health. Dust can contain a range of materials including sand, dirt, pollen, minerals, wood, micro-organisms, and vehicle and industrial exhausts.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Managing chronic disease at work

    With many Queensland workers affected by chronic disease, it is important to identify and manage chronic disease risk factors at work.