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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

    Skin penetrating injuries

    Health and safety information for skin penetrating injuries, sharps and needlestick injuries.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing


    Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydia [Chlamydophila] psittaci. The infection most commonly occurs in the parrot (psittacine) family, such as budgerigars and cockatiels, although other birds such as pigeons and poultry can also be infected. Infected birds can occasionally spread the infection to horses.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Palletising including field palletising on harvest aids

    Putting goods onto pallets makes it easier to transport and store them. Crops can be packed directly into pallets during harvest. Packing, unpacking, or and moving pallets has risks that can result in serious injury.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Fixed plant in packing sheds

    Specialised tasks like packing produce on farms require the use of specialised fixed plant in packing sheds. Workers are exposed to a range of risks when using, cleaning, and maintaining fixed plant.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Hendra virus

    Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes. Human infection results from close contact with infected horses and their blood, body fluids and tissues.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer field palletising on harvest aids

    Risks and solutions associated with handling loads when manually loading crates, boxes or bags of produce onto pallets in a harvest aid.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe design and use of cattle crates

    This page has information about safe design and use of cattle crates.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Influenza A viruses in pigs

    Influenza A viruses are a cause of contagious respiratory infections in swine herds. Influenza A viruses are spread among pigs primarily through contact with nasal discharges and aerosols from sneezing and coughing, from infected to uninfected pigs.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Stockyard design

    Many accidents occur on farms as a result of run-down and unsafe stockyards. Poorly designed stockyards result in more handling hours and increase the risk of injury to both the handler and stock.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; mental health; health and wellbeing;

    Working with computers

    It’s important to think about all aspects of how you work on your computer to stay safe and healthy––no matter where you are working. This information will give you some tips and advice about how to get your office space to work for you.