Risk assessment for an Agility Show

Effective Planning is concerned with prevention through identifying, eliminating and controlling hazards and risks.

A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people on the showground.  The risk assessment enables organisers to determine whether there are sufficient precautions in place, or if more needs to be done to prevent harm being realised.

The five step approach:

  1. Look for the hazards
  2. Decide who may be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risks
  4. Record the finds
  5. Review the assessment

Remember you have a "Duty of Care" to all who attend your show.

Risk Assessment for an Agility Show




Activity Hazards Who might be harmed Risk level before controls
High / Medium / Low
Controls Risk Level with Controls in place Comments
Car Parking
Vehicle Accident
Tents & Large vehicles
All persons & dogs M Stewards directing traffic on show ground & wearing reflective jackets. Plan is required, & low speeds. L Plan of area regarding competitors, Visitors, V.I.P.All Stewards trained and with suitable equipment i.e. jackets, radios & copies of plans
Exhibitors As Above          
Entry to show ground. Vehicle Accidents Any person M Location maps sent to exhibitors. Advanced signage on the highway. Inform local Police & Highway agency. M Clear entry, hard standing.
Exit from Show Ground As above   M Exit spread over a longer period. Keep vision area clear. L Stewards would be of benefit. Firm surface
Access for emergency vehicles Clear access Everyone and animals L Keep access clear at all times L Park allowing access to all areas
Caravan(s) & Tents Fire, Personal injury. Property, vehicles, persons & animals H Site Safety Plan M KC Guidance. Time of year. Naked flame usage.
Field Showground risk of rain causing pathways and grass areas to become inaccessible Persons and animals M Areas sectioned off with hazard tape until safe. L If straw is available this can help in some areas.
First Aid  Accidents /  injuries / illnesses People and Dogs L Risk assessment performed to minimalise risk of accident. L Vet on call, maps with directions to vet and nearest A & E hospital.
Knowledge of the venue postcode if ambulance needs to be called.
Tradestand Area Storage of petroleum spirit
Use of generators - trailing leads
Use of propane gas
People, dogs, property and vehicles M Provision of fire fighting equipment
Leads protected
Provision of fire fighting equipment
L Knowledge of postcode of fire brigade needed
Ring Entrance / Exit Excited dogs People or dogs H Collecting area at start.
Different start and finish lines
Separate entrance and exit to the ring
M netting could be used to fence off start and finish areas to keep dogs contained.
Ring queues Excited dogs, distracted owners, hot weather People or dogs H Queues to be kept short (10 or under)
Positioned away from start and finish area
Caller to be positioned so handlers do not have to cross a queue to book in.
M Ensure queues do not interfere with queues from adjacent rings.
Children - helping Excited dogs, children unaware of dangers and consequences Children M Ensure children are supervised when helping.
Give clear directions to children what is expected of them.
L Children are the future of agility but their help should be suitable for the age, understanding and concentration level of the child.
Children - not helping Dogs, moving vehicles Children M Children should be supervised at all times
Children should be aware of how to behave around dogs
They should be aware of the KC Safe and Sound Scheme.
Exercise area Loose dogs, dogs chasing toys

Bicycles, scooters and other non-motorised forms of transport.
People or dogs

People or dogs

Dogs to be under control at all times
Consider having separate exercise area allowing toys to be thrown or ban this completely.

Bicycles, scooters etc not to be ridden whilst in the exercise area. Speed limit to be kept to less than 5mph at all times.

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