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:
- Ensuring that tattoo/body piercing artists have received appropriate training related to prevention of blood borne diseases as well as first aid training.
- Reviewing sterilization records for all equipment.
- Making sure the facility is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
- Ensuring that tattoo/body piercing artists have completed an apprenticeship or training under a skilled artist for each of the services they are performing.