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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; health and wellbeing

    Immunisation in early childhood education and care services

    Find out about managing the risks of diseases in the child care industry through immunisation or vaccination.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks

    Cattle handling

    Cattle are more unpredictable during cold windy weather, where cows have calves or if bulls are in proximity to cows in season.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Skin penetrating injuries

    Health and safety information for skin penetrating injuries, sharps and needlestick injuries.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing


    Psittacosis (also known as ornithosis or parrot fever) is a disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydia [Chlamydophila] psittaci. The infection most commonly occurs in the parrot (psittacine) family, such as budgerigars and cockatiels, although other birds such as pigeons and poultry can also be infected. Infected birds can occasionally spread the infection to horses.

  • Electricity

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS)

    Battery energy storage systems (BESS) for homes or small commercial buildings are a serious safety risk if incorrectly installed. Any business installing a BESS must make sure that their workers are safe.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Hendra virus

    Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes. Human infection results from close contact with infected horses and their blood, body fluids and tissues.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe loading and unloading of cattle

    In Queensland there have been many incidents where workers have been seriously or fatally injured during the loading or unloading of cattle.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer field palletising on harvest aids

    Risks and solutions associated with handling loads when manually loading crates, boxes or bags of produce onto pallets in a harvest aid.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safe operation of fixed plant in packing sheds

    Risks and solutions associated with specialised plant in enclosed environments such as farm packing sheds.

  • 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.