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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; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Working with hay bales

    Fatal and serious accidents can arise from work activities associated with hay bales.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks

    Fruit harvesting and packaging

    Information about orchard operations, picking and emptying bags, ladders, hydraulic ladders, grading, packing and carton making, pruning equipment, and mango picking.

  • Environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Silo safety and confined spaces

    A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risks associated with confined space, such as a silo, at a workplace including confined space entry permits, signage, communication, emergency procedures and written risk assessments.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer sorting and grading on conveyors

    Information about risks and solutions for sorting and grading vegetables on conveyors.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Pool chemical retailers

    There is a range of hazards associated with the storing and handling pool chemicals in the retail sector.

  • Electricity; hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Working at heights

    There are a number of hazards associated with elevating working at heights and work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Tilt-up and pre-cast construction

    How to manage exposure to risks associated with the erection and installation of tilt-up and pre-cast concrete panels and elements on construction sites.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safer ways to work out of produce bins

    Risks and solutions associated with moving produce from produce bins.

  • Environment

    Work with bird and bat droppings

    Work with bird or bat droppings can expose workers to some serious, infectious diseases. The risk from disturbing small amounts of fresh droppings is very low but grows higher from disturbing large accumulations of concentrated, dried droppings.

  • 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.