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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

    Skin infections at work

    Skin infections are caused by germs, including some types of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Skin infections can affect anyone, but some types of work have an increased risk.

  • Health and wellbeing; mental health

    Poor workplace relationships including interpersonal conflict

    Poor workplace relationships or interpersonal conflict can occur between managers, supervisors, co-workers or others with whom workers are required to interact. It can appear as frequent or excessive disagreements, or rude comments—either from one person to another or between multiple people.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Healthy workers survey request

    Healthy Workers survey request form

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Heavy equipment and utility vehicles for grading and excavating tasks

    Using heavy equipment and utility vehicles for earthmoving tasks such as grading and excavating does not usually generate hazardous levels of respirable crystalline silica dust.

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

    Confined spaces

    Find out how to manage the health and safety risks associated with working in a confined space.

  • Hazardous manual tasks

    Musculoskeletal disorders frequently asked questions

    Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about musculoskeletal disorders, which are also known as sprains and strains.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Gases in cylinders

    Compressed gas cylinders contain gas stored under significant pressure, presenting a significant hazard in the workplace.

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Managing incompatible goods

    Some goods should not be stored in certain ways or near other chemicals.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Work health and wellbeing online learning course

    This interactive online learning course is aimed at managers, health and wellbeing coordinators, human resource staff and health and safety advisors. This course focuses on how to embed work health and wellbeing into business systems to improve the health of your workers and workplaces.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Handheld power saws for cutting fibre-cement board with a blade diameter of 200mm or less

    Fibre-cement board is a composite material made from cement, sand and cellulose fibres. Using a handheld power saw to cut fibre-cement board can generate respirable crystalline silica dust. When inhaled over time, the small particles of silica dust can irreversibly damage the lungs.