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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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  • Electricity

    Exclusion zones

    Contact with overhead or underground electric lines can have deadly consequences. Exclusion zones are the minimum safe distance from live power lines to reduce the risk of an electric shock.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; health and wellbeing;

    Manual tasks in construction

    Reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and building industry capacity to manage these risks are a priority for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Healthy diet and lifestyle

    Workers in the construction industry are at a significantly greater risk of health problems than workers in other industries.

  • Environment

    Infection risks from work with sewage

    Work with sewage can expose workers to infection risks. Learn how to manage the risks of infection from working with sewage.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractor training

    Training is essential to ensure the safe and effective operation of a tractor. This page explains what tractor training can teach you.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer sorting and grading on conveyors

    Sorting and grading goods on conveyors saves time and money and helps to keep the quality high. But it comes with the risk of serious injury.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractor safety precautions

    There are things you can do to stay safe while using a tractor. Read about them here.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Falling object protective structures (FOPS)

    A falling object protective structure protects machine operators from falling objects.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing;

    Q fever risks and construction work

    Q fever is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria (Coxiella burnetii) that infects some livestock, companion animals and wildlife. It is a zoonosis, which means that infected animals can spread infection to people.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Farm vehicles and harvesters

    Farm vehicles, utes and harvesters are hazards on farms. Proper operation of farm vehicles and harvesters can reduce accidents.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Power take-off shafts

    The power take-off (PTO) shaft has been involved in a large number of serious and disabling entanglement accidents, many resulting in death.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health

    Health care and social assistance hazards

    Community service workers play an important role in assisting others. Often their workplace is someone's home. This page has information and resources to help you stay safe.