Tattoo Parlours Urged To Join Hygiene Scheme
Tattoo parlours and other studios and beauty salons that use needles and blades in Mansfield are being urged to sign up to a county-wide scheme that rates their standards of hygiene and safety.
Local authorities across Nottinghamshire, including Mansfield District Council, which are responsible for licensing businesses that offer tattoos, body piercing and permanent and semi-permanent make-up treatments, are working together on the Nottinghamshire Hygiene Accreditation Scheme.
The aim of the scheme is to improve hygiene and safety standards associated with tattooing and cosmetic piercings, along with any permanent or semi-permanent treatments and procedures that use needles or micro-blades, and is part of a wider strategy by Mansfield District Council to make the district a safer place to live, work and visit and improve the wellbeing of its citizens.
The five star rating system operates in a similar way to the national food hygiene scheme for restaurants and shops selling food products. The first scheme of its kind was launched in Wales in 2014 and has been a huge success.
Businesses that offer the highest rates of hygiene and safety are awarded five stars signifying excellent standards. The lowest rating is zero stars which indicates that urgent improvements are needed.
Local businesses are being invited to free half-day seminars to provide further information and answer any questions they may have about the scheme. Places are limited so interested businesses are urged to book early.
One is in Mansfield on Wednesday 16 May at the Civic Centre from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The other is on Monday 14 May in Nottingham at Byron House Police Station in Maid Marian Way, from 1:30pm to 4pm.
The rating scheme has been developed using Chartered Institute of Environmental Health guidance on best practice for the industry, and from feedback provided during consultations with local businesses.
The scheme costs £120 to join and for the initial inspection, and £60 for a re-inspection and re-rating. Businesses that achieve two to five stars are reviewed after 12 months but those that achieve zero or one star are inspected again after six months.
The kind of areas the accreditation covers include:
- The state and fabric of the premises
- Cleanliness procedures employed by the business.
- Cleanliness of staff
- The safe use, storage and disposal of needles, inks and equipment.
- Sterilisation and cross-contamination prevention measures
- Consent forms and record keeping of clients.
Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, said: “We take public safety very seriously in Mansfield.
"The hygiene of tattoo and body piercing parlours is particularly pertinent in this respect because the damage that can be done to customers at the hands of poor operators can be horrendous - and permanent.
“The aim of this scheme is to provide reassurance to customers that the treatments they receive will be carried out in hygienic premises which follow safe procedures.
“I would urge local studios to sign up because it should help to enhance their business by increasing consumer confidence. The food hygiene star rating scheme has been a huge success in improving standards and we think this scheme will be, too.”
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