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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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  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; health and wellbeing;

    Slips, trips and falls

    Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace. Find out what causes them and how you can prevent them.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Non-potable water

    Non-potable water is water that is not of drinking quality, but may still be used for many other purposes, depending on its quality. Potable water is water of a quality suitable for drinking, cooking and personal bathing according to Australian guidelines.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Supporting an ageing workforce

    Creating a healthy and safe place of work will support the health, safety and wellbeing of workers of all ages.

  • Electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Lighting

    How to reduce the risks associated with insufficient lighting in workplaces.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor environmental conditions

    Poor environmental conditions are those where workers are exposed to unpleasant, poor quality, or hazardous physical environments or conditions that create a stress response.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor organisational justice

    Poor organisational justice refers to work where there is a lack of procedural fairness (fair processes to reach decisions), informational fairness (keeping relevant people informed), or interpersonal fairness (treating people with dignity and respect).

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Remote or isolated work

    Remote work refers to work that is isolated from the assistance of other people because of location, time, or the nature of the work.  It can involve working in locations where there is difficulty in immediate rescue or attendance of emergency services (where required).

  • Mental health

    Fatigue

    Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. At work, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces your ability to work safely and effectively.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Bullying

    Work-related bullying in your place of work can affect your workers’ psychological and physical health and must be managed.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Sun safety and skin cancer

    Workers who are exposed to the sun are at risk of being overexposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) – especially in Queensland. Cumulative exposure to UVR can cause sunburn in the short term and can lead to skin cancer and eye damage in the long term.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Harassment including sexual harassment

    Harassment includes offensive remarks or behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers in relation to personal characteristics such as age, disability, race, sex, relationship status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Managing chronic disease at work

    With many Queensland workers affected by chronic disease, it is important to identify and manage chronic disease risk factors at work.