Carcinogens

A carcinogen is a substance or mixture that causes cancer.

Classifying chemicals

Classification is the systematic identification of a chemical’s hazards.

Crystalline silica and silicosis

Crystalline silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. When workers cut, crush, drill, polish, saw or grind products containing silica, dust particles are generated that are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and cause illness or disease including silicosis.

Emergency plans and procedures

A written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in an emergency.

First aid

First aid requirements vary from one workplace to another, so you need to consider all your potential hazards when deciding what first aid arrangements you need to have in place.

Hazardous chemicals

Hazardous chemicals are substances, mixtures and articles that can pose a significant risk to health and safety if not managed correctly. Hazardous chemicals may have health hazards, physical hazards or both.

Identify, assess and control hazards

Effective systematic management of risks results in improved worker health and safety, as well as productivity.

Labour hire

Labour hire often involves a host organisation using workers from a labour hire agency, for a short period of time. These arrangements are sometimes referred to as “on-hire” or “agency” arrangements.

Lead

Lead is a heavy metal that can be found in workplaces that manufacture and dismantle batteries and use ammunition, and those that weld, solder and remove old paint. Workers in mining and foundries may also encounter lead. Exposure to lead can cause serious health effects including cancer, cardiovascular disease and damage to worker’s reproductive and nervous systems.

Personal protective equipment

Safe Work Australia does not provide legal advice on the operation of the model Work Health and Safety laws. You must contact your work health and safety authority in your state or territory. PPE is one of the least effective safety control measures: you should not rely on PPE as a hazard control.

Registers, manifests and placards

A hazardous chemicals register is a list of hazardous chemicals at a workplace. A manifest is a written summary of hazardous chemicals with physical and acute toxicity hazards that are used, handled or stored at a workplace. Placards provide warnings about the stored hazardous chemicals and contain specific information for emergency service personnel.

Workplace exposure standards for chemicals

Exposure to substances or mixtures in the workplace can pose significant health risks to workers.

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