Wayne County Combined General Health District - Wooster, Ohio

Body Art (Tattoo) Establishment Program

The Tattoo & Body Piercing Establishment program is in place to prevent injury and the possible transmission of disease through tattoos and body piercings. The state law and rules for this program require annual licensing and inspection of these facilities. Our inspections look at the overall sanitation of the facilities to assure compliance with the state code requirements. The inspection criteria include: operator certification in tattoo and body piercing procedures, first aid, and universal procedures for blood borne pathogens; maintaining overall sanitation of work areas and equipment; maintaining proper operation of sterilization equipment; maintaining records of sterilizer tests and of patrons; having established written procedures for tattoo and body piercing aftercare, employee health, equipment use, and contingencies for equipment failure. All of our inspection records are public records and are available to the public during our regular business hours. Although walk-in requests are welcomed, if possible, it is best to call first to see if an inspector for the tattoo & body piercing establishment program is available to help answer any questions that may arise during review of the records.

Anyone considering a tattoo or piercing should be aware of the risks and follow certain guidelines when choosing a tattoo or piercing establishment. If not done properly, tattoos and body piercings can come with serious health side effects. Anyone who is considering a tattoo or body piercing should seriously consider the health risks and the long-term effects associated with tattoos and piercings. You should get a tattoo or piercing from a reputable facility that is licensed and inspected by the local health district.

Employees at licensed establishments are trained to ensure that procedures are done in a way that minimizes the transmission of communicable diseases and the risk of infection. Employees are also required by the state to be trained in first aid, control of transmission of infectious disease, universal precautions against blood-borne pathogens and appropriate aftercare.

Tattoo and Body Piercing Rules

CDC Body Art and Tattoo

Body Art Facility Review Checklist- For New Facility Application Fee $125

Temporary Time Limited Body Art Event Application Per Event Fee $50

What to look for when choosing a safe tattooist:

  • Ask to see a copy of the establishment's current operating license.
  • Never perform tattooing at home.
  • Make sure the establishment looks clean, the practitioner is a licensed professional and follows basic sanitary procedures.
  • Look for proper lighting and a sink to wash hands within the establishment.
  • Cleaning products and sterilizing equipment (such as autoclaves) are available and used.
  • Autoclaves are the only acceptable sterilizers.
  • Make sure disposable razors; ink caps; sterile needles and new, clean sterile gloves are used for each tattoo client. All items should be used only once.
  • Skin is cleaned before tattooing.
  • Look for previous work done by the tattooist. Check for pictures on the wall or a binder/portfolio with      photos of work that tattooist has done.
  • Make sure proper consent forms are used. A parent or legal guardian is required to be present when anyone under the age of 18 receives a tattoo in the state of Ohio.

Guidelines to follow for safe body piercing:

  • Ask to see a copy of the establishment's current operating license.
  • Never perform body piercing at home.
  • Make sure the practitioner washes hands between customers and that he/she uses brand new, disposable piercing needles and a new, clean pair of sterile gloves for each piercing client. All items should be used only once.
  • Make sure the establishment looks clean, the practitioner is a licensed professional and follows basic      sanitary procedures.
  • Make sure you are given detailed follow up instructions and follow them exactly as written. After-care      piercing is very important and determined by the area pierced. Piercing above the neck requires different care than piercing below the neck.
  • Make sure proper consent forms are used. A parent or legal guardian is required to be present when anyone under the age of 18 receives a body piercing in the state of Ohio.

Signs of infection:

  • Skin is sore/tender/painful at tattoo site
  • Skin is red at tattoo site
  • Discharge from skin around tattoo
  • Fever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Health Department Hours

Health Department Office Hours

General Business Monday - Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM for all divisions
Vital Statistics (birth and death certificates) issued Monday - Friday  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Environmental Health Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Closed for lunch from 12:00 - 1:15
WIC - By Appointment Only.  Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
          Walk-In Newsletters:  Tuesday:  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM; Thursday:  1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pt. Care Walk-In Clinics Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:00 - 4:00.


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