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.
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.
Environment; hazardous manual tasks; material
Sheep handling and shearing
Sheep handling activities such as mustering, crutching, and shearing can put workers at risk of illness or injury. Find out about the risks involved in handling sheep and how to keep yourself and others safe.
Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.
Hazardous chemicals; environment
Respirable crystalline silica in the stone benchtop industry
Inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust can lead to serious lung conditions such as silicosis. Find out what your legal responsibilities are and what you can do to minimise exposure to crystalline silica dust at your place of work.
Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle
Diving and snorkelling
This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving and snorkelling industry.
Hazardous chemicals; environment; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle
Children on farms
Children on farms are exposed to many hazards. Find out what you can do to protect them, and what your legal responsibilities are.
Energised electrical parts
Electrical work can put you at risk of contact with energised electrical parts. The risk of working near these parts can be as great as working on the parts themselves. Find out how to protect yourself and others from the risks.
Hazardous manual tasks
Cattle handling devices such as cattle crushes can improve the safety of the cattle and their handlers.
Electrical work in declared disasters
Doing electrical repair and reinstatement work within a declared disaster situation can be dangerous. Learn about the hazards and how to keep yourself and others safe.
Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle
Machinery and equipment
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries plant includes a range of machinery and equipment including farm vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes.
Infection risks from work with sewage
Work with sewage can expose workers to infection risks. Learn how to manage the risks of infection from working with sewage.
Health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health
Safety of older farmers
As the rural workforce continues ageing, there's an increased risk of fatalities and serious injuries.