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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; environment; material

    Airborne contaminants

    Workplace air can be contaminated by a range of airborne contaminants that are hazardous when breathed in.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Low job control

    Low job control refers to work in which workers have little or no control over what happens in their work environment, how or when their work is done, or the objectives they work towards.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Low role clarity

    Low role clarity refers to jobs where there is uncertainty about, or frequent changes to tasks and work standards; where important task information is not available to workers; or where there are conflicting job roles, responsibilities or expectations.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; mental health

    Casual workers

    Casual workers can be employed directly by an employer or via a labour hire agency. In general terms, you should treat every casual worker as if they were one of your full-time workers.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Healthy workplace audit tool

    Use the healthy workplace audit tool to assess workplace systems and environments and identify areas for improvement.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; health and wellbeing;

    Slips, trips and falls

    Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace. Find out what causes them and how you can prevent them.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hydrogen

    Hydrogen is now preferred as a clean, renewal energy source to support the green economy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Supporting an ageing workforce

    Creating a healthy and safe place of work will support the health, safety and wellbeing of workers of all ages.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Dowel drilling rigs for concrete

    Using dowel drilling rigs, also known as gang drills, to drill holes in concrete can generate respirable crystalline silica dust. When inhaled, the small particles of silica can irreversibly damage the lungs.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Handheld and stand-mounted drills

    Handheld and stand-mounted drills, including impact and rotary hammer drills are used to drill holes in concrete, masonry and other silica-containing materials. This can generate respirable crystalline silica dust. When inhaled over time, the small particles of silica can irreversibly damage the lungs.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Sun safety and skin cancer

    Workers who are exposed to the sun are at risk of being overexposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) – especially in Queensland. Cumulative exposure to UVR can cause sunburn in the short term and can lead to skin cancer and eye damage in the long term.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Managing chronic disease at work

    With many Queensland workers affected by chronic disease, it is important to identify and manage chronic disease risk factors at work.