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Beauticians, tattooists and piercers

Information on registration system for beauticians, tattooists and piercers.

To help you feel assured about the tattooist and the premises you are going to, the DCC operates an inspection and registration system similar to that used for food premises.

The Tattooists, Beauticians and Skin Piercers bylaw is designed to prevent the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS and bacterial skin infections and requires them all to be registered with the DCC.

These diseases can be transferred by contaminated equipment, such as needles, or by a lack of general hygiene around the premises and poor hygiene practices by the operator.

Our registration system means that we inspect premises annually to check that operators are following hygiene and equipment sterilisation guidelines and that the work areas are up to the standards we have laid down.

Premises that meet those requirements are issued with a certificate, so if you go to a legitimate, registered tattooist you should be able to see that certificate clearly displayed.

In the end, our aim is to work with tattooists to help them establish a safely operated business for the health of you, their clients.

Inspections

We will visit from time to time to ensure your operation and premises continue to comply with the Regulations. Officers may arrive at any time, not necessarily by appointment and must be allowed access to all parts of your premises.

Any matters that are of concern will be discussed with you at the time of the visit and followed up in a formal letter to you. Re-inspections will be carried out if necessary to ensure all requisitions have been corrected to the satisfaction of your Health Officer.

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