Hazards

The Hazards section has been divided into 'groups' of hazards - for example: 'Chemicals' , 'Infectious Diseases' and so on.  Each of these groups has been further divided - for example, you will find information on Heat under 'Workplace Conditions'.

Air Quality
Air Quality  and the VTHC Air Quality Standard On January 30, 2020, as a result of severe bushfires in the state in the summer of...
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Asbestos
Banned but not gone: The import and new use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials is now banned in Australia. Unfortunately, many of our homes,...
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Asthma
Asthma is a growing problem in Australia and is an occupational health issue in many workplaces, yet not enough is being done about it. As...
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Biological Hazards
Biological agents are found in many sectors of employment. They are rarely visible and so workers are not always able to appreciate the risks they...
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Bullying and Violence
'Bullying and occupational violence are issues that must be seriously addressed by businesses, the workforce and the community.  Employers need to assess the risk, ensure control...
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Climate Change
- a workplace hazard Introduction It is no secret that climate change is a real threat to not just our work, but our lives and...
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Electrical Safety
Apart from being covered under the general duties of the OHS Act, there are laws and standards which apply specifically to electrical equipment. 
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Fatigue, Impairment & Shift-work
If workers are fatigued their work performance is impaired - and there are many factors that contribute to fatigue - such as hours of work, including extended...
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Gendered Violence and Sexual Harassment
Some types of behaviour are considered especially inappropriate not only because of the effect on the victim, but the underlying attitudes of the perpetrators which...
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Important Workplace Conditions Information
Here is more information on conditions at the workplace, such as Heat, Cold, Confined Spaces, and more. The information includes how the hazard is covered...
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Infectious Diseases
Many workers are at risk of contracting an infectious disease through their work. Health and safety reps have the right to be involved in the...
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More Information on Chemicals
Workplaces are full of chemicals and chemical substances.  Some chemicals are 'hazardous' others are 'dangerous'.  There is specific legislation covering both 'hazardous substances' and 'dangerous...
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Nanotechnology
What is nanotechnology?  What are the hazards associated with it? Nanotechnology is the generic name given to the production or use of very small, or...
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Noise
Noise is of the most widespread and underestimated of workplace hazards. Workers exposed to high noise levels are at risk of suffering permanent noise induced...
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Plant
'Plant' is a general term that refers to machinery, equipment and appliances. Plant is present in most workplaces and includes items such as forklifts, bulldozers,...
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Psychosocial Hazards
Many modern workplaces have a number of hazards that put at risk the psychological health of workers. We refer to these as psychosocial hazards. As...
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Radiation
Air Quality Standard On the 30th of January 2020, VTHC launched a new standard, highlighting the link between workers health and air quality, as well...
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Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls result in thousands of injuries every year. Most common are musculoskeletal injuries, as well as cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations. According...
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Sprains and Strains - Manual Handling
Manual handling means the use of force by a person to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise restrain any object. It is more than just...
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Stress
Stress is the second most common cause of workplace compensation claims in Australia, after manual handling. Taking into account that many workers do not make...
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Vibration
Many types of machinery, equipment and power-driven tools generate intense vibration. This vibration can then be transmitted to the workers who operate them.  There are...
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