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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

    Noise

    Hazardous noise can destroy the ability to hear clearly. It can also put workers at risk by affecting concentration or making it hard to hear the sounds necessary for working safely, such as instructions or warning signals.

  • Mental health

    Mental health

    Psychological health and safety is about protecting the psychological health of workers, in the same way that we protect their physical health. Find out how you can play an active role in ensuring the psychological health and safety of workers.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Sedentary work

    If you’re sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time without taking a break, it’s likely to have an impact on your health.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Health and wellbeing

    The work people do can positively or negatively affect their health. There are many ways that organisations can improve their work processes to improve productivity and workers' health and to reduce chronic disease risks.

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

    Children in workplaces

    Hazards to children in places of work carry the risk of injury, illness, or death. Workers and management can work together to reduce these risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals are common in a wide variety of workplaces. Businesses must identify the hazards of all the hazardous chemicals onsite and safely manage their storage and handling and use.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Healthy workers survey

    Use this survey to create a profile of your workforce’s health and wellbeing status.

  • Hazardous chemicals; electricity; environment; health and wellbeing; mental health

    Casual workers

    Casual workers can be employed directly by an employer or via a labour hire agency. In general terms, you should treat every casual worker as if they were one of your full-time workers.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Healthy workplace audit tool

    Use the healthy workplace audit tool to assess workplace systems and environments and identify areas for improvement.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Heat stress

    Working in hot and/or humid environments can be uncomfortable, but more importantly lead to a heat-related illness, which can be fatal. This page has information about the causes and sources of heat stress, types of heat-related illness and control measures.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Biological hazards

    Biological hazards can cause risks to workers in a number of ways. This page has information about a range of biological hazards including bacterial and viral hazards and diseases from animals.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Airborne contaminants

    Workplace air can be contaminated by a range of airborne contaminants that are hazardous when breathed in.