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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 chemicals

    Alcohol-based hand sanitiser manufacturers

    Learn about the risks associated with manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitisers and what you must do to keep your workers safe and healthy.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Forklifts

    Forklift trucks refer to an industrial lift truck equipped with a vertically elevating load carriage frame.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Anhydrous ammonia

    Anhydrous ammonia is a colourless gas that has a strong smell and is toxic, corrosive and flammable. It serves as an effective industrial refrigerant gas, which presents unique challenges to safely manage.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Elevating work platforms

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

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Manual tasks and noise

    Employers or self-employed people in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry need to protect themselves and their workers from the risk of exposure to excessive noise and manual tasks.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe handling when securing loads on trucks

    Workers risk traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders when securing loads on trucks.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Load restraint devices to tension chains

    Load restraint devices to tension chains are commonly used in the transport industry.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Securing loads on trucks

    This page has guidance on how to secure loads on trucks safely.

  • Environment; material

    Latex allergy

    While latex products like disposable latex gloves help protect workers from infection, they can cause irritant or allergic reactions in some people. Find out how to manage these risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material; environment

    Spray painting

    Spray painting is used in a variety of industries and by a variety of workers. It is used to paint motor vehicles, buildings (inside and outside), structures, furniture, white goods, boats, ships, aircraft and machinery.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Major Hazard Facilities (MHF)

    Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) are locations such as oil refineries, chemical plants and large fuel and chemical storage sites where large quantities of hazardous materials are stored, handled or processed.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; material

    Welding

    Read about the dangers of arc and gas welding, including tips for welders on how to stay safe in the workplace.