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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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  • Electricity

    Electrical arc flash

    De-energise equipment before starting any electrical work to prevent burns, injury and death caused by an electrical arc flash. If the job requires you to work live, control the risks and follow safe work procedures.

  • Environment; hazardous manual tasks; material

    Sheep handling and shearing

    Sheep handling activities such as mustering, crutching, and shearing can put workers at risk of illness or injury. Find out about the risks involved in handling sheep and how to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving, snorkelling and recreational water activities

    This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving, snorkelling industry and recreational water activities industry.

  • Environment; material

    Animal handling

    Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Firearms, weapons and stunts on set

    Television or film production sets include many activities that pose a serious risk of injury or death, including the use of firearms and other weapons. Producers should take precautions and control risks to ensure the safety of all cast and crew members throughout the production process.

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

    Children on farms

    Children on farms are exposed to many hazards. Find out what you can do to protect them, and what your legal responsibilities are.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Cattle crushes

    Cattle handling devices such as cattle crushes can improve the safety of the cattle and their handlers.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Machinery and equipment

    Agriculture, forestry and fisheries plant includes a range of machinery and equipment including farm vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes.

  • Health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health

    Safety of older farmers

    As the rural workforce continues ageing, there's an increased risk of fatalities and serious injuries.

  • Electricity

    Energised electrical parts

    Electrical work can put you at risk of contact with energised electrical parts. The risk of working near these parts can be as great as working on the parts themselves. Find out how to protect yourself and others from the risks.

  • Electricity

    Exclusion zones

    Contact with overhead or underground electric lines can have deadly consequences. Exclusion zones are the minimum safe distance from live power lines to reduce the risk of an electric shock.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; health and wellbeing;

    Manual tasks in construction

    Reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and building industry capacity to manage these risks are a priority for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.