Unless there is hefty fines and someone actually policing we will always have people tattooing out of their homes. Unless there is a uniform set of rules anyone can still set up a studio and work they are just paying more rent. So in reality they will just be spreading the same disease and infections but disguised as a "professional" and these home tattoo artists will have more access to the public. So let's be done with this and just implement laws that will keep the public safe as well as the people working in these environments.
Its actually not that hard to implement and I believe the following should be done
yearly inspections (train one or two people that already work for the health board) that would include the studios to prove:
mandatory monthly biological testing of autoclaves (doctors and dentists should also have to do this)
proper surfaces that can be disinfected with a hospital level disinfectant
seperate sterilization area (from work area)
proper biohazard removal
proper flooring that can also be disenfected
full barrier control
seperate handwashing sinks from scrub sinks.
obviously single use needles
I am a local owner of a studio in the city that would love to see this passed and I am sure there are quite a few other professional studios that would also like to see this and would be happy to help out with what needs to happen. At my studio we are already doing all of the above.
All of these rules have been passed in Ontario (which has bi-weekly biological testing), Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec so these laws have already been written. We would really only need one or two people that already work for the health board to learn about the safe procedures of tattooing and body piercing. This could be someone that is already inspecting tanning salons, nail salons, and or restaurants.
All is all I am glad to see a start to regulations!
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