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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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  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Load restraint devices to tension chains

    Load restraint devices to tension chains are commonly used in the transport industry.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe handling when securing loads on trucks

    Workers risk traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders when securing loads on trucks.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Nail guns

    Like all power tools, nail guns can be dangerous. The power generated by a nail gun can drive a nail through human bone.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Excavations

    An excavation means a trench, tunnel or shaft, but does not include a mine, water bore, or a trench for use as a place of interment. There are specific requirements for managing the risk associated with excavation work.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractors

    Tractors are powerful machinery used to make common tasks easier and faster to complete. They are safe when operated properly but can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Major Hazard Facilities (MHF)

    Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) are locations such as oil refineries, chemical plants and large fuel and chemical storage sites where large quantities of hazardous materials are stored, handled or processed.

  • Electricity

    Energised electrical parts

    Electrical work on an electrical installation or electrical equipment may pose a risk of inadvertent contact with adjacent energised parts.

  • Electricity

    Voltmeter measurements for foil insulation

    Find out more about testing foil insulation for possible touch voltages.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Installation of solar panels

    The installation, testing, or maintenance of solar panels.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals in pipelines

    Because of the potential dangers posed by pipelines, various aspects of pipeline activity are regulated. Find out more about your responsibilities.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Roll-over protection for rural mobile plant

    Rollover protective structures (ROPS) are life-saving devices that can prevent operators from being crushed when mobile plant rolls over.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Phosphine gas

    Phosphine is used to kill insects, mice, and rats in grain and seed storage, and it occurs as a by-product of some industrial manufacturing processes for chemicals, semi-conductors, welding, and metal alloys. It is dangerous to breathe in phosphine gas and you can become ill or die depending on the amount. Find out more about your legal obligations to manage phosphine gas exposure and how to keep workers safe.