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New Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance

August 9, 2013
Health and Safety

New guidance aimed at giving Local Authorities and businesses information on good practice and promoting safety and consistency across the body piercing and tattooing industry has been released. Developed jointly by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), Public Health England (PHE)? and the Tattooing and Piercing Industry Union (TPIU) ?The Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit’ ?gives a consensus of expert advice which is intended to provide an authoritative source of information.

The popularity of tattooing and piercing has grown rapidly over the past five years and there are currently no national standards to reduce health risks which can include blood borne viruses, hepatitis B and C and HIV. Dr Paul Cosford Medical Director at PHE said; ?This guidance aims to promote evidence based infection prevention and control practice to improve and monitor standards in tattooing and body piercing. The importance of this guidance for the industry has been recognised by many health professionals and practitioners alike, and I am delighted to support and endorse this toolkit.?

The guidance will be open to review over the next 6 months (until 8 February 2014) with Health and industry professionals urged to contact Ian Gray CIEH Principal Policy Officer i.gray@cieh.org to share their views.?

Click here to view the toolkit on RIAMS.

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