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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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  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Remote or isolated work

    Remote work refers to work that is isolated from the assistance of other people because of location, time, or the nature of the work.  It can involve working in locations where there is difficulty in immediate rescue or attendance of emergency services (where required).

  • Hazardous manual tasks; health and wellbeing

    Safer palletising

    Loading and unloading pallets of goods or produce are repetitive tasks that can easily lead to serious injury if the risks aren't removed.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material; environment

    Skin disorders and exposures

    There are many ways that skin can be exposed to substances at work can harm the skin and cause disease. Some chemicals that come into contact with the skin can be absorbed and cause disease in other areas of the body. Find out more about how to stay safe.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor organisational justice

    Poor organisational justice refers to work where there is a lack of procedural fairness (fair processes to reach decisions), informational fairness (keeping relevant people informed), or interpersonal fairness (treating people with dignity and respect).

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Handheld grinders for mortar removal

    Using handheld grinders to remove mortar (tuckpointing or removing mortar/concrete that has leaked from undersides of slab) can generate respirable crystalline silica dust. When inhaled, the small particles of silica can irreversibly damage the lungs.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor environmental conditions

    Poor environmental conditions are those where workers are exposed to unpleasant, poor quality, or hazardous physical environments or conditions that create a stress response.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Low reward and recognition

    Low reward and recognition refers to work where there is an imbalance between workers’ efforts and recognition or rewards they receive in return – both formal and informal.

  • Electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Lighting

    How to reduce the risks associated with insufficient lighting in workplaces.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    High and/or low job demands

    A job can involve a combination of high and/or low physical, mental and emotional demands, which can create risks to the health and safety of workers.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Carcinogens

    Some hazardous chemicals, called carcinogens, may cause cancer. Carcinogens can be found in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, scientific research and healthcare.

  • Environment

    Housekeeping

    Many slips and trips are the results of poor housekeeping, and this is often a sign of a lack of clear systems and responsibilities for storage, maintenance and cleaning.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Jackhammers or handheld powered chipping tools

    Using a jackhammer or handheld power chipping tools to break or demolish concrete, stone, masonry or other silica-containing materials can generate respirable crystalline silica dust. When inhaled over time, the small particles of silica can irreversibly damage the lungs.