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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; mental health

    Remote and isolated work

    How to manage the risks faced by remote or isolated workers and the legal requirements associated with these risks.

  • Hazardous chemicals; material

    Pesticides

    Pesticides are hazardous chemicals including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides that present a risk to health if precautions are not taken.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Carcinogens

    Some hazardous chemicals, called carcinogens, may cause cancer. Carcinogens can be found in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, scientific research and healthcare.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Mobile plant

    The operation of powered mobile plant at construction workplaces exposes workers to a range of risks to health and safety.

  • Environment

    Asbestos

    Whether at work or home, exposure to asbestos fibres is very dangerous. Understanding the health and safety requirements for managing and removing asbestos will make your place of work safer for everyone.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Cranes

    Cranes and mechanical lifting gear are used to handle excessively heavy loads and, as such, create the potential for serious injury or death.

  • Environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Demolition

    Demolition work includes any work to demolish, deconstruct or dismantle a structure, or part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Abandoned underground tanks

    Abandoned underground tanks and associated pipework are potentially dangerous and can cause explosions if they have not been made safe.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Rim wheels

    A number of hazards can occur when servicing tyres on single-piece and multi-piece rim wheels involving handling pressurised systems.

  • Hazardous chemicals; environment; material

    Abrasive blasting

    Abrasive blasting is used in a wide range of industries for many different purposes including the removal of rust, scale, paint, graffiti, mildew, and various forms of surface preparation.

  • Plant, equipment and vehicle

    Scaffolding

    The erection, alteration, use and dismantling of scaffold exposes workers to the risk of a serious fall or being struck by falling objects, such as scaffold components, tools, or in the event of a collapse, the entire scaffold.

  • Environment; material

    Melioidosis

    Working with soil and surface water, especially after high rainfall, can expose workers to melioidosis.