Asbestos

Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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.

Electrical safety

Electricity is one of the most important power sources which we all use daily but if not appropriately managed can cause serious injury and death.

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.

Leadership and culture

Leadership can help drive better work health and safety performance and business productivity

Lifting, pushing and pulling (manual handling)

If the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks are not eliminated or minimised they can cause significant and even irreversible injuries or disorders.

Noise

The model WHS Regulations, define the exposure standard for long term exposure to noise as the amount of sound energy, that is equivalent to a steady noise level of 85 decibels over an 8 hour shift. Whether this is exceeded depends on the level of noise involved and how long workers are exposed to it.

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.

Remote and isolated work

Working alone or remotely increases the risk of any job. Exposure to violence and poor access to emergency assistance are the main hazards that increase the risk of remote or isolated work.

Slips, trips and falls

Slips and trips result in thousands of injuries every year. The most common are musculoskeletal injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations, but more serious injuries also happen.

Traffic management

Traffic management measures must be used to control the health and safety risks associated with working around traffic. 

Working at heights

Working at heights is a high risk activity and a major cause of death and serious injury.

Working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers.

Working outside

We developed this page in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology.

Workplace exposure standards for chemicals

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

Workplace violence and aggression

Work-related violence can be any incident where a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.

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