Snow Machine Risk Assessment

HazardPeople at riskAction takenNotes
Skin irritationMostly younger childrenPre-school children must be supervised by their parent or guardian. Tell people that they are playing with foam which is safe but can cause irritation. Advise people to rinse their hands in cold water when the activity is finishedChildren must be supervised by an adult. Unattended children may not participate
Eyes stinging and irritationMostly childrenPre-school children must be supervised by their parent or guardian. Tell children not to put their fingers in their eyes. Advise people to rinse their hands in cold water when the activity is finishedWater in a glass may be used as an eye wash if needed
Falling on slippery surfaceStaff and publicDo not make snow on any surface which may become slippery when foam lands on it. Do not make snow in areas where there are stairs or level changesOrganisers must provide a safe, non-potentially-slippy place for this activity. Organiser must provide a dedicated space for this activity if done in public
Choking on foam or breathing difficultiesStaff and publicOrganisers provide water at no charge if foam is swallowed. Organisers provide first aid or call emergency services if needed
ElectrocutionStaff and publicDo not do this activity near electrical equipment or near trailing wiresSnow making is a wet activity – be aware of electrical hazards
Lifting heavy equipmentStaffOperators must use correct lifting procedure
Hot water burnsStaffUse caution when working with hot water
Snow fluid causing irritationStaffUse gloves and goggles when working with snow fluid. Use towels to mop up any spilled liquid immediately.
Damage to clothing and possessionsStaff and publicStaff understand and accept responsibility for damage to their clothing and possessions when working with the snow machine. Staff inform public of this potential damage and to cover up anything they do not want to come into contact with the foam

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