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Health unit connecting with tattoo parlor clients

May 23, 2012
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is asking people who were clients of an uninspected tattoo business in a private home in Collingwood to contact the health unit.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is asking people who were clients of an uninspected tattoo business in a private home in Collingwood to contact the health unit.

Tattoo services were provided in several homes between April, 2011 and the present.

The health unit was made aware that this tattoo operation did not have a certificate of inspection, and as a result, is conducting an investigation to ensure that the work was done in accordance with recommendations for infection prevention and control.

To date the investigation has not uncovered any improper procedures in the Collingwood business.

“We are interviewing clients to eliminate any doubt that there were improper practices in this business,” said Colleen Nisbet, the director of clinical service with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Tattoo and body piercing businesses are required by law to undergo routine inspections to show that infection control measures are being used to reduce the risk of blood-borne infections and other types of disease.

Those people who were clients of this business are asked to call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone considering getting a tattoo or any type of body piercing should shop carefully for the service. The health unit recommends the use of only businesses that have been inspected and can show a certificate of inspection from the health unit. People should also satisfy themselves that the business is being run properly.

The artist should:

  • be willing to answer questions about how he or she works,
  • wear gloves during the procedure,
  • be able to explain how the equipment is cleaned and sanitized,
  • has a non-porous work surface that can be cleaned and disinfected,
  • has a sink within easy reach for handwashing,
  • disinfect the skin where the tattoo is to be applied before the procedure,
  • sterilize or replace needles and never reuse ink.

There is more information on tattoos, body piercing and other beauty and body art services on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

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