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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; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Confined spaces

    Confined spaces that may be found on a construction site include some types of excavations or trenches, drainage or sewerage pipes, and crawl spaces.

  • Environment; material

    Latex allergy

    While latex products like disposable latex gloves help protect workers from infection, they can cause irritant or allergic reactions in some people. Find out how to manage these risks.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Forklifts

    Find advice on forklift safety and how to meet your legal responsibilities.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safety with tyre fitting

    Any industry that uses heavy vehicles faces the risk of workers being injured while fitting tyres.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Securing loads on trucks

    This page has guidance on how to secure loads on trucks safely.

  • Electricity

    Identifying high voltage hazards

    High voltage work presents a high hazard level. To plan for high voltage work, including isolation and access, you must manage the risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Ammonium nitrate

    Ammonium nitrate is a hazardous chemical that has many grades and is used in fertiliser and explosives products because of its unique properties. Find out more about its hazards and safe management.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Load restraint devices to tension chains

    Load restraint devices to tension chains are commonly used in the transport industry.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe handling when securing loads on trucks

    Workers risk traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders when securing loads on trucks.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tractors

    Tractors are powerful machinery used to make common tasks easier and faster to complete. They are safe when operated properly but can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Nail guns

    Like all power tools, nail guns can be dangerous. The power generated by a nail gun can drive a nail through human bone.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Excavations

    An excavation means a trench, tunnel or shaft, but does not include a mine, water bore, or a trench for use as a place of interment. There are specific requirements for managing the risk associated with excavation work.