Sheffield City Council
” It is only now due to the hard work of Christina and the campaigning by MP Meg Munn that the law has changed and all piercing studios in Sheffield now have to register with the council and abide by a set of byelaws.
In Sheffield body piercing studios are inspected at the time of registration to ensure that they are operating in a safe and hygienic way. If they are not we have a number of options open to us. For a minor contravention we can serve a notice requiring work to be carried out in a specified time, where there is a risk of serious personal injury we can serve a notice prohibiting that activity. We also have the power to prosecute studios for a breach of health and safety legislation. If anyone is considering having a piercing I would advise them to contact the councils licencing department to check if a studio is registered. Should anyone have a complaint about any studio in Sheffield get in touch with the Health Protection Service and we will look into all complaints.
I have been part of a working group that has produced a tattooing and piercing guidance toolkit. The guidance was developed in response to concerns raised by tattoo and piercing practitioners as well as health protection and environmental health specialists. These concerns were particularly in regard to the lack of robust and consistent guidance on standards of hygiene and safety. This has been leading to inconsistency in advice and variations in standards of practice.
A multi-agency steering group was set up compromising representatives from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Health and Safety Laboratory, Public Health England, Tattoo and Piercing Industry union and also individuals with practical experience of working in this area.
The guidance is supported by extensive documentary evidence of scientific knowledge, reported research and published literature encompassing expert advice and the opinions and experience of practitioners of what works at a practical level.”
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Michelle Garrigan BSc (Hons) MCIEH, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Health Protection Service, Sheffield City Council