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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; material

    Flammable refrigerants

    Find out about flammable refrigerants and your responsibilities for storing and handling them.

  • 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.

  • Environment

    Asbestos

    Whether at work or home, exposure to asbestos fibres is very dangerous. Understanding the health and safety requirements for managing and removing asbestos will make your place of work safer for everyone.

  • 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; electricity; environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Hazardous area classification (fire and explosion prevention)

    To assess the risk of fire and explosion, you must have a hazardous area classification wherever flammable liquids, vapours, gases and combustible dusts are used, stored and handled.

  • 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.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    On-site traffic management

    You must manage the risk of collision and injuries when vehicles and powered mobile machinery and equipment operate in the same area as pedestrians.

  • Environment

    Legionella risks from work with potting mix and compost

    Legionella bacteria are found in the environment. Human infection is most commonly caused by Legionella pneumophila found in man-made water systems such as cooling towers and spas, and Legionella longbeachae found in potting mix and compost.

  • 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

    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 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.