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Food Protection & Public Safety Unit



Melissa Adams



Tattoo & Body Piercing

Under Ohio Administrative Code 3701-9, DGHD's Tattoo and Body Piercing program is responsible for the approval and inspection of the facilities within our health district that offer tattoo and/or body piercing services. Tattooing and body piercing are invasive procedures that penetrate the skin. If these procedures are performed improperly, with non sterile equipment, or by untrained personnel, tattoos and piercings can lead to infection or blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

At least once a year, a DGHD sanitarian and a Registered Nurse jointly inspect each tattoo and body piercing establishment to ensure that basic communicable disease control measures are in place and that the facility is being operated in a sanitary manner. Some items that are examined during an inspection include: