Bullying

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

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.

Drugs and alcohol

Alcohol and drugs, including medicines prescribed by a doctor or available from a pharmacy, can affect a person’s ability to work safely.

Emergency plans and procedures

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

Fatigue

Every business and industry is affected to some degree by fatigue. However, some types of work and some sectors have an inherently higher risk of fatigue, particularly when shift work is part of their business model.

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.

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.

Mental health

Work-related mental disorders (also known as psychological injuries) have become a major concern in Australian workplaces.

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.

Sitting and standing

Prolonged sitting is associated with significant negative health outcomes, and is increasingly being recognised in the community as an important issue that needs attention.

Working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm 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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