A quick internet search can reveal just about any tattoo idea you can think of. Tattoos are a great way to reflect your personality and meaningful events that have occurred in your life. Once you’ve decided on the perfect tattoo and the most reputable tattoo artist, you must consider the safety and cleanliness of the shop. How do you know if the tattoo shop you’ve decided on is safe and clean? Regulations and guidelines vary from state to state, but overall they should be clean and adhere to general sterilization practices such as:
- Regular sanitizing of equipment and work areas with an EPA-approved disinfectant will help reduce the chance of cross-contamination. This should be done between every customer.
- Your tattoo artist should thoroughly wash his or her hands before and after each client as well as wear a fresh pair of gloves. Hand washing has long been considered a measure of germ and bacteria protection.
- Again, sterilization and guidance vary by state, but most require specific sterilization equipment. Arkansas law requires that an approved steam pressure type autoclave and approved autoclave packaging be used in a decontamination area. However, if the establishment uses pre-packaged, pre-sterilized, and disposable equipment, then the autoclave is not required. Bottom line, you should observe your tattooist opening the necessary equipment from a sealed package. If not, run!
- The CDC recommends proper disposal of needle sticks and sharps are a part of a comprehensive program to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Using the proper disposal containers helps keep others safe from needlestick-related injuries; a key element in bloodborne infections.
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