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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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  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; health and wellbeing;

    Slips, trips and falls

    Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace. Find out what causes them and how you can prevent them.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Non-potable water

    Non-potable water is water that is not of drinking quality, but may still be used for many other purposes, depending on its quality. Potable water is water of a quality suitable for drinking, cooking and personal bathing according to Australian guidelines.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Sun safety and skin cancer

    Workers who are exposed to the sun are at risk of being overexposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) – especially in Queensland. Cumulative exposure to UVR can cause sunburn in the short term and can lead to skin cancer and eye damage in the long term.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Supporting an ageing workforce

    Creating a healthy and safe place of work will support the health, safety and wellbeing of workers of all ages.

  • Mental health

    Stress

    Work-related stress not only affects workers’ productivity, but it can also affect their physical and emotional health.

  • Mental health

    Fatigue

    Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. At work, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces your ability to work safely and effectively.

  • Mental health

    Violence

    Learn about your responsibilities and how to reduce work-related violence hazards.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Bullying

    Work-related bullying in your place of work can affect your workers’ psychological and physical health and must be managed.

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

    Storms and floods

    It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the threat of a natural disaster. This page has important health and safety information about what to do before, during and after a natural disaster strikes.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Managing chronic disease at work

    With many Queensland workers affected by chronic disease, it is important to identify and manage chronic disease risk factors at work.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; health and wellbeing

    Safer palletising

    Loading and unloading pallets of goods or produce are repetitive tasks that can easily lead to serious injury if the risks aren't removed.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material; environment

    Skin disorders and exposures

    There are many ways that skin can be exposed to substances at work can harm the skin and cause disease. Some chemicals that come into contact with the skin can be absorbed and cause disease in other areas of the body. Find out more about how to stay safe.