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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Electricity; environment

    Ceiling spaces

    There are serious electrical safety and other risks involved with working in ceiling spaces. It’s important to understand and manage these before entering a ceiling.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles

    Safety tips when operating a quad bike.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Work at heights

    The work health and safety regulation sets out specific control measures that are required where there is a risk of a fall of at least three metres in housing construction work and two metres in other construction work.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material

    Flammable refrigerants

    Find out about flammable refrigerants and your responsibilities for storing and handling them.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    People handling

    People handling is a high-risk activity in the health industry. The best way to manage the risks involves a systematic approach. Find out more in our resources and links.