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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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  • 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; 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Quad bikes (also known as All Terrain Vehicles ATVs) have become a highly utilised item of machinery in recent years, due to their adaptability, low running cost and easy operation.

  • 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.

  • 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.