Causes of injury

Any workplace hazard has the potential to cause accidents, injury or illness. Some workplace hazards are immediately visible, while others only become evident as you perform your duties.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 set out what sort of incidents are notifiable to the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ). An incident is notifiable if it arises out of the conduct of a business or undertaking and results in the death, serious injury or serious illness of a person or involves a dangerous incident.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 set out that a serious injury or illness of a person is:


  • any infection to which the carrying out of work is a significant contributing factor, including any infection that is reliably attributable to carrying out work
    • with micro-organisms
    • that involves providing treatment or care to a person
    • that involves contact with human blood or body substances
    • that involves handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products


  • the following occupational zoonoses contracted in the course of work involving the handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products
    • Q fever
    • Anthrax
    • Leptospirosis
    • Brucellosis
    • Hendra virus
    • Avian influenza
    • Psittacosis


Last modified: Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 1:28 PM