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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.

  • 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.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Diving and snorkelling

    This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the diving and snorkelling industry.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks

    Lighting

    Poor lighting levels and/or the lack of emergency lighting and illuminated signage in times of power failure or in emergency situations can lead to serious workplace incidents which may affect workers on construction sites.

  • Environment; material

    Sheep handling and shearing

    Information about sheep handling and shearing including mulesing, jetting, dipping and drenching, mustering, lifting sheep, diseases from animals and shearing.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment

    Respirable crystalline silica in the stone benchtop industry

    Inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust can lead to serious lung conditions such as silicosis. Find out what your legal responsibilities are and what you can do to minimise exposure to crystalline silica dust at your place of work.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Alcohol-based hand sanitiser manufacturers

    Learn about the risks associated with manufacturing alcohol-based hand sanitisers and what you must do to keep your workers safe and healthy.

  • 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.