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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.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Alcohol-based hand sanitiser manufacturers

    Learn about the risks associated with manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitisers and what you must do to keep your workers safe and healthy.

  • 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 chemicals; environment

    Respirable crystalline silica in the stone benchtop industry

    Inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust can lead to serious lung conditions such as silicosis. Find out what your legal responsibilities are and what you can do to minimise exposure to crystalline silica dust at your place of work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks; material

    Pig handling

    Pigs can cause serious injury if not handled properly. Learn about the risks involved in pig handling and how to keep yourself and others safe.