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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; 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; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Spray painting and powder coating

    Spray painting is an efficient way to apply high-quality paint coatings to a wide range of surfaces, and it’s used in a variety of industries. Despite its benefits, the process is hazardous and presents a range of health and safety risks that need to be controlled.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Security

    Where construction work is carried out the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure the workplace is secured from unauthorised access.

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

    Tunnelling

    Tunnelling work is often highly complex and involves the use of a range of engineering and construction techniques, plant and equipment.

  • Environment; material

    Pig handling

    Information about working with pigs, lifting and other factors.

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

    Construction in the agriculture, foresty and fisheries workplaces

    Information about construction in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries workplaces.

  • Electricity; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Work at heights

    A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risk of a fall from one level to another where it is likely that the person would be injured by the fall.

  • Environment; material

    Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP)

    Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis is a lung disease most often caused by breathing in coal dust over a long period of time.

  • Environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Working with hay bales

    Fatal and serious accidents can arise from work activities associated with hay bales.

  • Health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks; mental health; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Safety of older farmers

    As the rural workforce continues ageing, there's an increased risk of fatalities and serious injuries.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing; hazardous manual tasks

    Fruit harvesting and packaging

    Information about orchard operations, picking and emptying bags, ladders, hydraulic ladders, grading, packing and carton making, pruning equipment, and mango picking.

  • Environment; material; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Silo safety and confined spaces

    A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risks associated with confined space, such as a silo, at a workplace including confined space entry permits, signage, communication, emergency procedures and written risk assessments.