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Tattoo shops are being looked at ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:23pm

Tattoo shops are being looked at for health and cleanliness regulations, makes sense with the increased number of individuals sporting tattoos these days.  Last thing one would want is a case of Hepatitis B from getting a tattoo...shop owners don't object for the most part as well...as females too our nail technicians already participate with similar cleanliness requirements...BD 

Alameda County health officials want to make sure folks who receive a new tattoo or piercing at body art shops leave with only that and not with hepatitis B or other some other infection. Members of the county's Environmental Health Department today proposed a new ordinance for body art and piercing establishments to the board of supervisors' health committee. The proposed ordinance would establish health and safety standards for body art and body piercing shops within unincorporated Alameda County.

It also would require all such businesses to obtain an operation permit that would have to be renewed annually. "Personally, I'm happy to see you doing this," said Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, who chairs the committee. "You see more and more people getting into body art and piercing.

"I was like, `Are you kidding me?"' said Scalzo, who's been a body artist for 31 years. "You have no regulations in place for a shop that's using needles, but you'll close a restaurant down if it has a bug on the floor?"

Oroville Mercury Register - Alameda County mulls health rules for tattoo and piercing parlors

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