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New guidelines for North Yorkshire tattooists
3:16pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
TATTOO and body-piercing studios are being urged to adopt safe standards of practice.
The call by environmental health officials in Hambleton and Richmondshire follows the launch of new guidance by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
They say that as there are currently no national standards, there is a need to promote safety and consistency across the range of tattooing and body piercing practices.
Health risks can arise from improper practice, particularly poor infection control practice. Such health risks include infections, such as the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B, C and HIV.
“Since tattooing and body piercing has become more popular and fashionable, the range of tattooing and body piercing procedures has also increased,” said Richmondshire and Hambleton’s environmental health manager Philip Mepham.
“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 tattooing and body piercing procedures.
“These new guidelines will help practitioners to follow safe and hygienic working practices to not only protect the health of their 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.
For more information call Maria Bentley, lead environmental health officer on 01609-767085
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