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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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  • Electricity

    Cathodic protection systems

    Learn about the risks associated with cathodic protection systems and how to manage those risks, meet legal requirements and protect workers from electrical injury.

  • 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.

  • Electricity

    Registering cathodic protection systems

    Cathodic protection systems must be registered through the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) online cathodic protection registrations system.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Laboratories

    Laboratories are unique in that they often have relatively small quantities, but many different hazardous chemicals. This presents unique safety management challenges.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Events (short-term fuel storage)

    Special events are often attended by many people and may be located in densely-populated areas so it is essential to manage risks from hazardous chemicals.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Confined spaces

    Confined spaces that may be found on a construction site include some types of excavations or trenches, drainage or sewerage pipes, and crawl spaces.

  • 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.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Forklifts

    Find advice on forklift safety and how to meet your legal responsibilities.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safety with tyre fitting

    Any industry that uses heavy vehicles faces the risk of workers being injured while fitting tyres.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Securing loads on trucks

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