NWP103A: Demonstrate care and safe practices

Common hazards

Common hazards

You'd be surprised how many common hazards can be found in workplaces.

Tripping hazard sign
Slips and trips: Anything lying around on the floor can cause a tripping hazard. Slips and trips can result in injuries such as strains or fractures.
Lifting hazard sign
Lifting: Lifting heavy items alone, or lifting items incorrectly, can cause serious and long-term back injury
Electrical hazard sign
Electricity: Electricity can kill in an instant. Always follow safety instructions on equipment.
Moving machinery hazard sign
Moving machinery: Make sure you stay behind barriers and avoid loose clothing which can get tangled in moving parts.
Fire hazard sign
Fire: Depending on the environment, fire can take hold in minutes or seconds. Not only can it cause burns, but serious damage from smoke inhalation.
Working at heights hazard sign
Working at heights: Falling from any height can result in serious injury and even death.

Hazard controls

Have a look at the signs below and find out what you can do about common workplace hazards.

Tripping hazard sign
Slips and trips: Ensure workplaces are kept clean and clear.
Lifting hazard sign
Lifting: Never lift a heavy weight on your own. Ask for assistance or use a trolley. Use correct lifting practices. Never lift and twist.
Electrical hazard sign
Electricity: Look for signage to warn about high voltage equipment. Use isolation switches. Follow safety instructions.
Moving machinery hazard sign
Moving machinery: Check out warning signs. Follow work dress codes. Make sure you have received proper training on equipment before you use it.
Fire hazard sign
Fire: Keep flames away from flammable material. Know where the fire extinguisher/blanket is located. Know where the nearest fire exits are.
Working at heights hazard sign
Working at heights: Only use correct equipment at heights. Check out requirements for bracing and harnessing if appropriate.