(a)  Sterilized or new disposable razors shall be used for each patron when it is necessary to shave the area to be tattooed.

(b)  The site of the tattoo shall be cleaned with a germicidal solution, which shall be applied in a circular, centrifugal manner before the design is placed on the skin.  If the area to be tattooed is shaved, this cleaning shall be performed after shaving the area.  Any other sterile, individual towels or gauze that are used in preparing the site to be tattooed shall be properly disposed of after use on each patron.

(c)  The use of styptic pencils, alum blocks, or other solid styptics to control bleeding is prohibited unless a separate, disposable styptic is used for each patron.

(d)  If a stencil is used, only clean disposable stencils for transferring the design to the skin shall be used, and no stencil may be used on more than one patron.

(e)  Single-service individual containers of dye or ink shall be used for each patron and the container shall be discarded immediately after completing work on a patron.  Any dye or ink in which the needles were dipped shall be treated likewise so as not to be used on another person.

(f)  After completing the tattoo, the tattooed area shall be cleaned with a clean facial tissue or paper towel, and an antibacterial ointment may be applied.  The area shall then be covered with a sterile dressing.


History Note:        Filed as a Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1995, for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Authority G.S. 130A-29;

Eff. April 1, 1995.