New guidance – Tattooing and body piercing safety

Currently there are no national standards for tattooing and body piercing and 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 and C, and HIV.

It is thought by introducing a guidance will help to ensure the health and safety of both clients and operators and that tattooing and skin piercing practitioners will be operating in compliance with legal requirements.

The guidance is open for review over the next six months, until 8 February 2014.

Click here to read the draft.


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