Risk Assessments

Characters, Entertainers and Mascots

Hazard People at Risk Action Taken Notes
Tripping slipping and falling Children Keep area tidy. Do not lay cable in walk ways unless covered or taped down. Make sure everybody present has a clear exit out of the space. Event organiser must ensure the performers have an enclosed dedicated space to sing in. Event organiser must ensure there is adequate space for both entertainers and the public for this activity.
Tangled in wire Younger children Do not let children hold the microphone. Do not let children play with the wire. Make sure surplus wire is covered or taped down.
Games Children Parents and guardians must supervise games and not permit their child to participate with any activity they are physically or emotionally at risk by playing

Balloon Modelling

Hazard People at Risk Action Taken notes
Choking on latex from burst balloons Younger children Do not give balloons directly to children under three (give to parent or guardian). Tell children not to put balloons in their mouths. Do not inflate by mouth as children may copy. Pick up and safely dispose of burst balloons. Parents are responsible for supervising their children when playing with balloons.
Child being poked in the face with a balloon pump. Smaller children Keep a clear space between the balloon modeller and children. Do not inflate balloons close to the faces of children.

Face Painting

Hazard People at Risk Action Taken Notes
Adverse skin reactions due to applying face painting materials Children and adults Use approved paints and materials. Do not face paint children under three/with sensitive skin (offer to paint hand or arm instead). Advise people who appear to have skin conditions. Acting Moon Events face painting materials are industry standard and of high quality. Insurance may be invalid if painting children under three.
Paint brush in the eye Children who cannot sit still Do not face paint children under three or cannot follow instructions Offer to paint hand or arm instead.
Spreading infections (eg cold sores and conjunctivitis) Children and adults Do not paint the infected area. Keep painting implements clean use clean sponges for each person regularly wash brushes in use regularly change water thoroughly clean brushes sponges and water bowls after the event.
Aggravating existing skin conditions Children and adults Do not paint children or adults with sensitive skin eczema open cuts or sores or other skin conditions. Offer to paint hand or arm instead.
Falling off the chair Young children Assist the child on and off the chair.
Paint brush in the eye if the face painter is knocked Children and adults Keep a distance between spectators and face painter. Organisers must provide face painters with an uncrowded area.

Magician

Hazard People at Risk Action Taken Notes
Trapped fingers bumps knocks and scrapes when setting up. Children Keep children away when setting up. Do not allow children “back stage” or to assist with props.
Electric Shock Performer and assistants Carry out visual check on electrical equipment before use. Do not perform with bare wires faulty plugs etc. Do not permit liquid near the electrical equipment.
Injury caused by falling objects Staff and public Ensure backdrops tables and props are secure. Do not allow staff and public into the performance area unless invited by the magician.
Choking Younger children Do not give small prizes balloons or objects to children under the age of three.
Tripping and falling Public and entertainers Keep area tidy. Store boxes and bags neatly without risk of them falling or being walked into. Keep walk ways clear. Do not lay cable in walk ways unless covered or taped down Event organiser must ensure the performers have an enclosed dedicated space to work in.

Circus Skills 

Hazard People at Risk Action Taken Notes
Falling and tripping Public and staff Tidy up props and equipment when not in use. Ask public to put things back when finished with them. Always supervise use of props and equipment. Do not bring out too much equipment to manage. Organisers must provide an enclosed area at public events.
Injuries caused by falling off equipment Participants Do not use unicycles. Strap on stilts. wobble boards and tight wires without prior consent at public events. Closely supervise these activities if used. Permission must be given before using equipment. Learning to ride a unicycle involves continuous falling off until balance is found and so requires close supervision always.
Cuts and burns staff and public Supervise equipment use so it is used correctly. Do not include fire juggling or knife juggling in workshops.
Being knocked over Small children Avoid overcrowding. Make sure each person has sufficient space to use the equipment. Children must be supervised by an adult. Do not permit small children and older children / teenagers / adults to take part at the same time. Have different sessions according to age groups.