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New safety guidance for tattoo studios
TATTOO studios are being urged to adopt safe standards following new guidance by Environmental Health.
There are currently no national standards for tattoo and body piercing clinics, but the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has last week launched guidelines on promoting safety and consistency across a range of practices.
Officers have warned that health risks such as infections and blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B, C and HIV can arise from improper practice.
“Since tattooing and body piercing has become more popular and fashionable, the range of tattooing and body piercing procedures has also increased,” said Philip Mepham, Richmondshire and Hambleton District Councils Environmental Health manager.
“And while there are a variety of legal measures requiring registration of premises and model bylaws specifying general standards, there are no requirements for qualifications and training of practitioners carrying out the procedures.
“These new guidelines will help practitioners follow safe and hygienic working practices to, not only protect the health of clients and themselves but also to provide reassurance for those who wish to undergo these procedures.”
The guidance has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Public Health England, Health and Safety Laboratory, Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union.
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