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Hydraulics and lubricants

Hazard Knowledge

Leaking hydraulic fluid can cause slippery surfaces, leading to slips, trips and falls. Contact with this fluid can also lead to skin irritation and skin disorders. Some fluids may be carcinogenic.

Where hydraulic systems are under pressure there is a risk of hydraulic injection; refer to the Extrication - Generic - Tools section.

There is a high likelihood that supplies of lubricants (which can be oil or grease) will be found in machinery rooms.

Lubricant containers may create trip hazards and, if spilled, lubricant will create hazardous surfaces in and around machinery. Lubricants can also have properties that can have detrimental short and long-term health effects. Some lubricants are carcinogenic and others cause an allergic reaction if they come into contact with skin.

See National Operational Guidance: Hazardous materials.