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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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  • Environment

    Lyngbya (blue-green algae)

    Lyngbya majuscula is a toxic, blue-green algae that can cause severe irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory or gastrointestinal systems. Learn how to manage the risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Spray painting and powder coating

    Spray painting is an efficient way to apply high-quality paint coatings to a wide range of surfaces, and it’s used in a variety of industries. Despite its benefits, the process is hazardous and presents a range of health and safety risks that need to be controlled.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Working with hay bales

    After harvesting, hay is baled. With some hay bales weighing as much as 800 kg, it is important to understand the risks of working with hay bales.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks

    Fruit harvesting and packaging

    Harvest is a busy time on a farm. With lots of ripe fruit ready to pick and pack and only a short time available to do the work, there can be lots of additional people and machinery at work. This presents a range of safety risks.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Security

    Where construction work is carried out the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure the workplace is secured from unauthorised access.

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

    Tunnelling

    Tunnelling work is often highly complex and involves the use of a range of engineering and construction techniques, plant and equipment.

  • Environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Silo safety

    Falls, engulfment and subsequent suffocation, entanglement in machinery, and exposure to silo gases, dusts, and moulds are some of the main safety risks and causes of silo injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; plant, equipment and vehicle; environment;material

    Construction in the agriculture, foresty and fisheries workplaces

    Information about construction in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries workplaces.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Work at heights

    A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risk of a fall from one level to another where it is likely that the person would be injured by the fall.

  • Environment; material

    Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP)

    Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis is a lung disease most often caused by breathing in coal dust over a long period of time.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Pool chemical retailers

    There is a range of hazards associated with the storing and handling pool chemicals in the retail sector.

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

    Working at heights

    There are a number of hazards associated with elevating working at heights and work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).