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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;

    Q fever risks and construction work

    Q fever is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria (Coxiella burnetii) that infects some livestock, companion animals and wildlife. It is a zoonosis, which means that infected animals can spread infection to people.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Farm vehicles and harvesters

    Farm vehicles, utes and harvesters are hazards on farms. Proper operation of farm vehicles and harvesters can reduce accidents.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Power take-off shafts

    The power take-off (PTO) shaft has been involved in a large number of serious and disabling entanglement accidents, many resulting in death.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health

    Health care and social assistance hazards

    Community service workers play an important role in assisting others. Often their workplace is someone's home. This page has information and resources to help you stay safe.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Spray painting and powder coating

    Spray painting is an efficient way to apply high-quality paint coatings to a wide range of surfaces, and it’s used in a variety of industries. Despite its benefits, the process is hazardous and presents a range of health and safety risks that need to be controlled.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle


    Where construction work is carried out the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure the workplace is secured from unauthorised access.

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


    Tunnelling work is often highly complex and involves the use of a range of engineering and construction techniques, plant and equipment.

  • Environment; material

    Pig handling

    Information about working with pigs, lifting and other factors.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; plant, equipment and vehicle; environment;material

    Construction in the agriculture, foresty and fisheries workplaces

    Information about construction in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries workplaces.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Work at heights

    A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risk of a fall from one level to another where it is likely that the person would be injured by the fall.

  • Environment; material

    Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP)

    Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis is a lung disease most often caused by breathing in coal dust over a long period of time.