and Body Piercing Program
Regulations for tattoo and body
piercing businesses were established in 1998 to protect
the public from health and safety issues that may result
from these activities if performed improperly.
Diseases that may occur from
contaminated needles include HIV and hepatitis, which
are caused by viruses.
There is also a risk of bacterial infection
involved with these activities, especially if proper
aftercare procedures are not done.
All businesses must obtain a license
from the local health department before they are
permitted to open.
The health department does not license a business
that does only ear piercing; the Ohio Board of
Cosmetology regulates these facilities.
All businesses are inspected at least
once per year to ensure that the facility is operated in
a safe and sanitary manner.
Some rules which apply to Tattoo and
Body Piercing establishments include:
All people performing tattoos and body
piercing must have training in first aid and precautions
against blood borne pathogens, such as HIV and
infectious waste must be disposed of properly
The facility must be maintained in a
clean and sanitary condition.
All equipment used must be disposable
or properly sterilized using acceptable sterilization
must be done weekly on sterilization equipment to ensure
that it is working properly. Records of these tests must be kept for 2 years
Anyone wanting a tattoo or piecing
must be over the age of 18, or be accompanied by a
parent or guardian, who must sign a consent form
Records must be kept by the business
for at least 2 years for every procedure preformed. These records
must include the name and address of the customer, as
well as the date of the procedure, the location on the
body of the tattoo or piercing, and the color(s) of dye
used, or the type of jewelry used.
These records are turned over to the health
department in the event that a business closes
Disposable gloves must be worn during
the procedure, and must be changed before a new
procedure is begun. Proper hand washing facilities must be available and used
between procedures as well
Both written and oral instructions on
how to properly care for a new tattoo or piercing must
be given after the procedure is completed
If you are considering a tattoo or
piercing, please contact the Logan County Health
District with any questions you may have, and ask
questions at the business before the procedure is
If you feel uncomfortable with
anything that you see, do not continue the procedure. Remember, it is very important to follow aftercare
instructions exactly as they are given to you, as this
will help prevent the risk of a bacterial infection.
For similar information see our Tattooing News Article.
Establishments; Body Piercing Chapter 3701-9 Ohio
& Body Piercing Information from the
Immunization Action Coalition
Department of Health