Health Risks Associated With Tattooing
- There are many known, as well as still unknown health risks, associated with tattooing. What is important to realize is that tattooing is a lot like having a small medical procedure done. As tattooing directly involves skin and bodily fluids, the artist as well as the client are at risk for contracting blood borne pathogens, viruses and a wide range of infections. Tattooing can be very safe if the correct hygienic procedures are followed.
Tattoo Artist safety Tips
- Before donning gloves, wash hands thoroughly with a germicidal soap and check for any cuts or abrasions and bandage anything that is found.
- After donning your gloves avoid touching surfaces that could be contaminated ( such as answering the phone).
- If a interruption takes place during a tattoo session ( such as answering the phone or leaving the immediate work area) it is best practice to rewash hands and don a new pair of gloves.
- If using latex gloves, always ask your client if they have any known latex allergies.
- Keep nails trimmed to avoid glove punctures and check for pinholes and tears while tattooing.