A guide to safe hygiene practices at live events – Kill the germs, don’t kill the vibe
Today we would like to set many minds at ease, while we continue to closely monitor updates from the Ministry of Health.
We would like to share our hygiene process at events with a specific focus on our face painting, craft stations, and systems to encourage attendees to follow similar practices when attending events.
Clean green events do not stop at sustainability, we continue this practice through our equipment, our personal hygiene and with all our artists following a hygiene code of conduct.
A large majority of Create Agency artists have a makeup background, meaning sanitization and hygiene is of utmost importance to us.
Attending Public Events
First of all, we would like to emphasize that these processes are not new, hygiene at events is a practice that is consistently enforced amongst staff and attendees. If you are attending events we encourage the following:
- Craft Stations.
– Hand sanitizer will always be available at our craft stations and our craft artists will be present to encourage this.
– We always have a spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol to spray our tools and equipment before, throughout the event and after events during pack-down.
- Public and Event Workers.
– Please if you are feeling unwell, have a cough or cold-like symptoms we do ask the public and our staff to not attend in order to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
– Staying aware of public advice from health-related social platforms regarding any precautions around the spread of germs.
– Keep up to date at https://www.health.govt.nz/
- Wash your hands with soap and water, dry thoroughly or use hand sanitizer;
– before eating or handling food
– after using the toilet
– after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
– after wiping children’s noses
– after caring for sick people
Face Painters Hygiene Practices
Paints and Supplies
-Artists make sure they have enough supplies to outlast each job, keeping brushes and sponges well sanitized throughout.
– Dettol is added to our water for an antibacterial clean after each child. Water is also changed regularly.
– Isopropyl alcohol spray bottles are present to spritz our kit and brushes throughout and event and disposable applicators are used when necessary
– A small bin is provided to store dirty wipes and applicators safely.
– We let our paints, brushes, and sponges dry completely before putting away after each job.
- Brush and Tool – Cleaning and Disinfecting
– Regularly changing our brush water is not only to keep our vibrant colours from looking mucky but also to keep our brushes as clean as possible.
– Sponges are rinsed thoroughly in warm water with detergent and either popped into the washing machine or we use soapy water, spray with isopropyl alcohol and leave to dry.
– Brushes are thoroughly lathered with either brush cleaner, baby shampoo, regular shampoo or even hand soap. Spray with alcohol, pat down with paper towels and left to dry either laid flat or hung upside down.
– Stencils are either wiped with isopropyl alcohol or for more stubborn products, allowed to soak in isopropyl alcohol
– Paper towels are our most sanitary way of drying any tools and are disposed off afterwards
- Artist Hygiene
– Hands are washed thoroughly before each session and sanitized after each child– Artists should be clean and showered before any face painting job/session.
– Teeth should be clean with nice fresh breath. Breath mints are a must-have in any face paint and makeup kit.
– Clean and tidy black clothes, Create Agency aprons are given to every artist with the expectation that they are cleaned after every job and used to prevent wiping our hands on our clothes and worn only during the time of the job.
– Hair to be tied back off the face to avoid touching it or it getting in your way.
- When Painting on Kids
– It is advised when working on kids that a parent or guardian is present during the child’s face paint, this means we can safely ask the parent any questions if we have any concerns about the child’s skin or health.
– We do not proceed with a face paint if the client/child’s skin has cuts, abrasions, cold or flu, conjunctivitis, lice, cold sores or any other infection.
– If we do have a concern we discreetly ask the child or parent, we do not want to upset or offend anyone, we simply have to explain our concerns/reason why we potentially could not proceed with the face paint. We ask for the same respect in return.
– Avoid painting on children under the age of 3 years
– We often ask about allergies, generally speaking, a child has been face painted before however if it is their first time ask the parents about any allergies and a small patch test can be done or the artist may choose not to proceed with the face paint.
– Baby/facial wipes are essential in a face painting kit to wipe up and snotty noses or grubby faces smiling up at you before you begin.
This is a basic hygiene practice for any face painter, makeup artist, and event staff. The only difference now is we are now being more vigilant than ever and requesting our attendees do the same.
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Kill the germs, don’t kill the vibe