Body art and tattooing businesses carry out procedures that penetrate the skin, so infection control practices need to be in place to prevent infections spreading from one person to another.
Body art and tattooing procedures can damage client’s skin and there is a risk of infections spreading between clients. Poor cleaning and hygiene of equipment and surfaces can spread viral, bacterial or fungal infections from one client to another. This can result in diseases such as Hepatitis C and B, or staphylococcal, streptococcal and pseudomonas infections.
Businesses can find the rules for skin penetration procedures in the Public Health Regulation 2022 (the Regulation).
Further action may be taken if a business fails to comply with the Regulation. This may include: