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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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  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks

    Horse handling

    Horses pose a significant safety risk and can cause serious injury if not handled properly. Find out about the risks of horse handling and how you can keep yourself and others safe.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Welding

    Find out how to manage the workplace risks associated with welding.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Vaccine-preventable diseases

    There are many serious and potentially life-threatening infectious diseases that can be prevented through vaccination. This page has information about vaccine-preventable diseases and occupational immunisation.

  • Environment; material

    Lyngbya

    Exposure to Lyngbya majuscula (lyngbya), a naturally occurring, toxic, blue-green algae, can cause severe irritation to the eyes, skin, respiratory system or gastrointestinal system.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Elevating work platforms

    There are a number of hazards associated with elevating work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Manual tasks and noise

    Employers or self-employed people in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry need to protect themselves and their workers from the risk of exposure to excessive noise and manual tasks.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Laboratories

    Laboratories are unique in that they often have relatively small quantities, but many different hazardous chemicals. This presents unique safety management challenges.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Anhydrous ammonia

    Anhydrous ammonia is a colourless gas that has a strong smell and is toxic, corrosive and flammable. It serves as an effective industrial refrigerant gas, which presents unique challenges to safely manage.

  • Electricity

    Cathode protection systems

    Cathodic protection systems are complex and you need a consultant or fully trained person in the installation, operation and testing of these systems.

  • Electricity

    Construction wiring

    Construction wiring is a term used for the electrical installation that supplies temporary power to a construction site.

  • Electricity

    Electrical work in declared disasters

    This page has information about electrical work within a declared disaster situation, undertaking repair and reinstatement work within a declared disaster situation, volunteering and notifying availability.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Events (short-term fuel storage)

    Special events are often attended by many people and may be located in densely-populated areas so it is essential to manage risks from hazardous chemicals.