Mascot Risk Assessment

HazardPeople at riskAction takenNotes
UpsetPublicMascot performer must never take off their mask/helmet in front of the childrenMany children at the event will believe that the mascot performer is truly the character they are performing as, and so it is important to maintain this illusion. The mascot mask/helmet must only be removed in an emergency situation
Tripping, slipping and fallingPublic and mascot performerKeep area tidy. Do not lay cable in walk ways unless covered or taped down. Do not perform on slippy surfaces. Do not perform where there are objects to trip overEvent organiser must ensure there is a dedicated, safe space for mascots to perform in
OverheatingMascot performerMascot performers should be provided with a private space in which they can take the mascot costume off in the event of overheating. Water must be made available for performers at all times. Venues should be well ventilated and have air conditioning
Moving vehiclesPublic and mascot performerMascot performance must never take place in a car park or near roads or driveways
DrowningMascot performerMascot performers must never perform near open water, such as swimming pools and pondsEvent organiser must provide a performance space that is not located near open water
Falling down stairsMascot performerMascot performer must not perform near or on stairsEvent organiser must provide a performance space that is not near stairs, and does not require the mascot enters or leaves the space using stairs
BurnsMascot performer and publicMascot performer must never perform near an open flame. Mascot performer must never hold the birthday cake
Physical injury due to mascot tripping over or bumping into peoplePublic and mascot performerMascot to be given adequate space to perform. Public to stay in front of the mascot in sightVisibility in mascot costumes is poor and so we advise responsible adults to make sure their children do not surprise the mascot performer by standing behind them, sneaking up on them, etc.
Skin irritationMascot performerPeople with skin that is sensitive to the costume materials must not wear the costume
Neck and back painMascot performerPeople with neck and back injuries must not perform as mascots, unless a medical professional advises it is safe. Mascot performers who suffer injuries during performance must stop performing and seek medical attention immediatelyIt is the responsibility of the mascot performer to report their physical ability or inability to perform as a mascot

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