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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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  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Psittacosis

    Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydia [Chlamydophila] psittaci. The infection most commonly occurs in the parrot (psittacine) family, such as budgerigars and cockatiels, although other birds such as pigeons and poultry can also be infected. Infected birds can occasionally spread the infection to horses.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Hendra virus

    Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes. Human infection results from close contact with infected horses and their blood, body fluids and tissues.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer field palletising on harvest aids

    Risks and solutions associated with handling loads when manually loading crates, boxes or bags of produce onto pallets in a harvest aid.

  • Electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Electrical safety in the rural industry

    Electrical incidents in the rural industry have often involved contact between machinery or irrigation pipes with overhead powerlines. Other causes of electrical incidents include general lack of electrical equipment maintenance and unauthorised electrical handy-work.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe design and use of cattle crates

    This page has information about safe design and use of cattle crates.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Influenza A viruses in pigs

    Influenza A viruses are a cause of contagious respiratory infections in swine herds. Influenza A viruses are spread among pigs primarily through contact with nasal discharges and aerosols from sneezing and coughing, from infected to uninfected pigs.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in early childhood education and care services

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common viral infection that affects many people. This page has information about the risks of CMV infection in childcare facilities and the steps you can take to stay safe.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV)

    Leptospirosis, also known as Weil’s disease, is an infection you can get from animals (rats, mice, cows, pigs and dogs). It is spread by contaminated urine of infected animals. It is found in hot, wet, and humid areas of Queensland.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Stockyard design

    Many accidents occur on farms as a result of run-down and unsafe stockyards. Poorly designed stockyards result in more handling hours and increase the risk of injury to both the handler and stock.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Leptospirosis

    Leptospirosis, also known as Weil’s disease, is an infection you can get from animals (rats, mice, cows, pigs and dogs). It is spread by contaminated urine of infected animals. It is found in hot, wet, and humid areas of Queensland.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; mental health; health and wellbeing;

    Working with computers

    It’s important to think about all aspects of how you work on your computer to stay safe and healthy––no matter where you are working. This information will give you some tips and advice about how to get your office space to work for you.

  • Material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Concrete pumping

    Hazards, risks and other information related to concrete pumping.