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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; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tilt-up and pre-cast construction

    How to manage exposure to risks associated with the erection and installation of tilt-up and pre-cast concrete panels and elements on construction sites.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer ways to work out of produce bins

    Risks and solutions associated with moving produce from produce bins.

  • Environment

    Work with bird and bat droppings

    Work with bird or bat droppings can expose workers to some serious, infectious diseases. The risk from disturbing small amounts of fresh droppings is very low but grows higher from disturbing large accumulations of concentrated, dried droppings.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Immunisation in early childhood education and care services

    Find out about managing the risks of diseases in the child care industry through immunisation or vaccination.

  • Electricity

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS)

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are using renewable energy to power more homes and businesses than ever before. If installed incorrectly or not safely commissioned, they pose serious safety risks. A BESS must be installed by a properly licenced electrician.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks

    Cattle handling

    Cattle are large animals that can move quickly and be aggressive. Their ease of handling can differ due to previous experiences, breed characteristics and psychological state. Workers face a range of risks when handling cattle.

  • Environment

    Managing mould

    Mould in the home or workplace can be a serious health and safety risk. Learn about the hazards of mould and how to reduce the risks to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Farm vehicles and harvesters

    Farm vehicles and harvesters are a major cause of death and serious injury to workers and family members, including children, on farms. Operators, passengers, and bystanders are all at risk.

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

    Loading and unloading cattle

    Good preparation and a detailed understanding of the risks of loading and unloading cattle can help to keep cattle producers, livestock transport operators, and cattle handlers safe.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Palletising including field palletising on harvest aids

    Putting goods onto pallets makes it easier to transport and store them. Crops can be packed directly into pallets during harvest. Packing, unpacking, or and moving pallets has risks that can result in serious injury.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Fixed plant in packing sheds

    Specialised tasks like packing produce on farms require the use of specialised fixed plant in packing sheds. Workers are exposed to a range of risks when using, cleaning, and maintaining fixed plant.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Skin penetrating injuries

    Health and safety information for skin penetrating injuries, sharps and needlestick injuries.