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Doctor Austin and Sparks in Space, Risk Assessment

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"Dr Austin and Sparks in Space!" Risk Assessment






This is a risk assessment for the puppet science show Dr Austin and Sparks in Space!, a puppet science show. It is performed by one performer.

As you might expect the, general risk assessment is low, however, as detailed below, there are some ongoing actions that should be taken into account when performing the show.







Puppet booth material and back cloths

The drapes surrounding the puppet theatre and making up the back drops provide a potential fire hazard. 

  • Existing Control Measures: All the fabric materials are modern and so will be of non-flammable class.
  • Risk Rating (Calculated using the risk rating table)
    • Likelihood: Low
    • Severity: High
    • Risk rating: Medium
  • Additional Controls to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable, (ALARP)
    • All the drapes and back drops will be treated with a proprietary flame- proofing solution.
    • The booth should be positioned so that it is not near a source of ignition - lights, heaters etc.
    • At the end of the show electrical devises in the booth should be disconnected from the mains.
  • Final Risk Rating:
    • Likelihood: Low
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: Medium

Excited and excitable young children

As the children are encouraged to engage with the show they can may run around, trip and injure themselves.
  • Existing Control Measures: the staging is made of fabric and plastic so is unlikely to cause injury.
  • Risk Rating (Calculated using the risk rating table)
    • Likelihood: Medium
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: High
  • Additional Controls to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable, (ALARP)
    • The performer should make sure that the venue is free of trip hazards.
    • The performer should brief the parents to continue to take responsibility for their children during the show. 
    • The performer should brief the children as to acceptable conduct at the start of the show.
    • The performer should maintain control during the show and intervene if there is a danger of over-excitement.
    • Another person at the event should monitor the audience when the performer unsighted. 
  • Final Risk Rating:
    • Likelihood: Low
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: Medium

Trip hazards

There is the potential for several trip hazards.
  • With the restricted space and difficult access of the booth, with the equipment and props there will be trip hazards.
  • Outside the booth, the blanket the children sit on can become a trip hazard.
  • The foam meteors can also become a trip hazard.
  • Existing Control Measures: the staging is made of fabric and plastic so is unlikely to cause injury.
  • Risk Rating (Calculated using the risk rating table)
    • Likelihood: Medium
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: High
  • Additional Controls to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable, (ALARP)
    • The performer should make sure any trip hazards are tidied away in the booth.
    • The performer should brief the parents to continue to take responsibility for their children during the show. 
    • The performer should brief the children as to acceptable conduct at the start of the show.
    • The performer should monitor the blanket and ask for it to be straightened if it becomes a hazard.
    • The performer should monitor the meteors and ask for them to be put away if they become a hazard.
  • Final Risk Rating:
    • Likelihood: Low
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: Medium


Meteor black-hole throw

There is a scene when the audience members throw foam meteors at a cardboard black hole held up by the performer. The meteor's are harmless. The hazard is in the running of children.

  • Existing Control Measures: the staging is soft and made largely of cloth and plastic. They previous control measures for trip hazards and excitable children apply.
  • Risk Rating (Calculated using the risk rating table)
    • Likelihood: Medium
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: High
  • Additional Controls to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable, (ALARP)
    • The performer should give clear instructions to the audience on how they are to conduct themselves.
    • If things get out of hand the performer should stop the activity.     
  • Final Risk Rating:
    • Likelihood: Low
    • Severity: Medium
    • Risk rating: Medium