Body piercing involves piercing a hole in a part of the body (including the ear and nose), in order to fix a ring or other piece of jewellery to the body. Because body piercing is a skin penetration procedure that carries a risk of infection, the premises and procedures must comply with the Public Health Regulation, 2012.
This fact sheet has been developed by NSW Health to assist body piercers, and the operators of premises where body piercing is carried out, to adopt good infection control practices. Good infection control will prevent the spread of disease, as well as enable body piercers and body piercing operators to meet the requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012 as they relate to 'skin penetration procedures'.
Procedures that involve skin penetration carry a greater risk of spreading disease because microorganisms (germs) can easily enter the body when the skin barrier is broken. Microorganisms that are present on dirty contaminated equipment, especially needles, have caused outbreaks of diseases such as hepatitis C and B. Most of the outbreaks of disease have occurred when contaminated needles were used. Because of this risk, needles must not be reused.
In NSW, call 1300 066 055 to talk to your local public health unit.