Don't risk diseases by going to tattooist in Isaac
ISAAC Regional Council is urging the public to be aware of the health risks associated with unlicensed tattoo artists this week.
Mayor Anne Baker said that residents who are considering getting a tattoo should be informed about how to protect themselves against the risks of contracting a blood-borne disease.
"Tattooing services are required by law to hold a council licence. The licence regulations are aimed to reduce the risk of transmitting diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C through contaminated instruments," said Cr Baker.
"There are no licensed tattoo services registered in the Isaac Region which is encouraging travelling artists to work from unlicensed home or portable studios.
"This is a major health concern and we as a council are urging residents to protect themselves by viewing a current licence before undergoing a tattoo," Cr Baker added.
It is an offence under the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 for a person to provide a high risk personal appearance service unless the person holds a licence authorising the person to carry on the business.
A high risk personal appearance service involves any of the following skin penetration procedures, in which the release of blood or other body fluids is an expected result:
- Body piercing, other than closed ear or nose piercing
- Implanting natural or synthetic substances into a person's skin (eg. hair or beads)
- Scarring or cutting a person's skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark, pattern or design
- Tattooing (including cosmetic tattooing or semipermanent makeup)
- Any other skin penetration prescribed under a regulation
For Further information or to obtain a licence please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 1300 ISAACS.