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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

    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.

  • Environment; material

    Animal handling

    Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving and snorkelling

    This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving and snorkelling industry.

  • Electricity

    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

    Cattle crushes

    Cattle handling devices such as cattle crushes can improve the safety of the cattle and their handlers.

  • 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.

  • Environment

    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.

  • 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.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractor training

    Training is essential to ensure the safe and effective operation of a tractor. This page explains what tractor training can teach you.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer sorting and grading on conveyors

    Sorting and grading goods on conveyors saves time and money and helps to keep the quality high. But it comes with the risk of serious injury.

  • 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.