North Yorkshire’s tattoo and body piercing studios are being urged to adopt safe standards of practice.
The call comes from environmental health officers following the launch of new guidance by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
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, as 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.
Philip Mepham, Richmondshire and Hambleton District Councils environmental health manager, said:
“Since tattooing and body piercing has become more popular and fashionable, the range of tattooing and body piercing procedures has also increased.
“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 was developed by experienced individuals working with the tattoo and body piercing industry as expert advisors, practitioners or regulators, and has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union (TPIU).