Carcinogens

A carcinogen is a substance or mixture that causes cancer.

Classifying chemicals

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

Concrete pumping

Concrete pumping is a widely used process in the construction industry.

Cranes

Operating cranes is complex and dangerous and workers must have the necessary skills and capabilities to do it safely.

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.

Demolition

Demolition work is when you knock down or dismantle a structure or part of a structure that is load-bearing or somehow related to the physical integrity of the structure.

Elevating Work Platforms

Elevating work platforms (EWPs) are mobile items of plant designed to lift or lower people and equipment by a telescopic, hinged or articulated device, or combination of these, from a base support. 

Excavation

Excavation work generally involves removing soil or rock from a site to form an open face, hole or cavity using tools, machinery or explosives.

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.

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.

Licences

Certain types of work can be hazardous and require specific skills, capabilities and licences. Under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, licences are required for; asbestos removal and clearance, high risk work, demolition work and major hazard facilities.

Plant design, supply and registration

Plant includes any machinery, equipment, appliance, container, implement and tool, and includes any component or anything fitted or connected to those things.

Quad bikes

Every year, quad bikes are a major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces, with many incidents associated with rollovers.

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.

Safe design

Safe design is about integrating hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process to eliminate or minimise risks of injury throughout the life of the product (including buildings, structures, equipment and vehicles) being designed.

Scaffolding

A scaffold is a temporary structure erected to support access or working platforms. Scaffolds are commonly used in construction work so workers have a safe, stable work platform when work can’t be done at ground level or on a finished floor.

Tunnelling

Tunnelling work includes constructing a tunnel and supporting systems and associated temporary work.

Workplace exposure standards for chemicals

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

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