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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

    Novel coronavirus

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a worker or someone who is responsible for workers, you must identify and manage work health and safety risks including the exposure to COVID-19.

  • Environment

    Housekeeping

    Many slips and trips are the results of poor housekeeping, and this is often a sign of a lack of clear systems and responsibilities for storage, maintenance and cleaning.

  • Environment; mental health; health and wellbeing

    Remote and isolated work

    Providing an effective means of communication for remote or isolated workers, means ensuring that they can access the assistance of emergency services.

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

    Lighting

    Poor lighting levels, and/or the lack of emergency lighting and illuminated signage in times of power failure or in emergency situations, can lead to serious workplace incidents.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Ebolavirus disease (EVD)

    The risk of Ebolavirus disease (EVD) in Australia is low, however healthcare agencies are currently developing EVD preparedness plans to ensure that any potential cases can be managed safely. For more information on EVD, visit the Department of Health.

  • Environment; health and wellbeing

    Occupational viral hepatitis

    Some workers are at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C viruses. Watch this short film from Hepatitis Queensland to find out more about who is at risk, how to protect against infection and where to get more information about viral hepatitis.

  • 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.

  • Electricity

    Electrical product recalls

    If an electrical product is shown to be unsafe and likely to cause injury or damage property, it should be recalled as soon as possible.

  • Hazardous chemicals; hazardous manual tasks; electricity; material; environment; health and wellbeing; 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.

  • Hazardous manual tasks; environment; plant, equipment and vehicle

    Confined spaces

    The health and safety risks associated with working in a confined space must be managed. Designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, installers and constructors of plant or structures also have responsibilities.

  • 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.