Our artists follow health and safety practices to protect themselves as well as their clients from blood borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and/or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Our practices include…
Use single-use, disposable needles, tubes and razors. Disposable tattoo needles, tubes, and razors are used on one person and then thrown away. Reusing needles, tubes, or razors is not safe. It is also never safe to reuse pigment.
Safely dispose of needles and razors. Used needles and razors are thrown away in a biohazard-labelled, disposable sharps container to protect both the client and the person changing or handling the trash bag from getting poked.
Wash hands before and after putting on disposable gloves. Gloves are always worn while working with equipment and clients, changed when necessary, and are not reused.
Frequently clean surfaces and work areas. Chairs, tables, work spaces and counters are disinfected between procedures to protect both the health of the client and the artist.
Cross-contamination (spreading bacteria and viruses from one surface to another) can occur if surfaces are not disinfected frequently and between clients. Any disinfectant that claims to be able to eliminate the tuberculosis germ can also kill HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. We always use a commercial disinfectant (following the manufacturer’s directions for that product) and we will also make use of 70% alcohol in certain situations as well.