We inspect tattoo studios in Brant County and promote safe tattooing to help you stay healthy.
The Brant County Health Unit's Inspection Reports provides you with quick and easy access to the results of tattoo studio inspections.
Tattoo Safety Checklist
Getting a tattoo? Be safe.
Ask the artist:
- Do you use only new sterilized needles?
- Do you use new disposable ink caps and razors for each client?
- Do you clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces?
- Do you wash your hands and wear single-use disposable gloves?
- Do you cover new tattoos with a protective bandage?
- Do you give written after-care instructions?
See a doctor if your tattoo becomes hot, red, and painful.
Before starting the tattoo:
- Get the tattoo area ready by cleaning it and covering with a plastic wrap. Gather all supplies.
- Clean ink caps as they are not necessarily clean when you buy them.
any work surfaces or tools that cannot be disinfected (tattoo machine,
spray bottles, cords) with disposable coverings (e.g. single use plastic
- Any creams, lotions and ointments that will be needed
have to be dispensed onto a disposable plate and what is not used must
be thrown in the garbage.
- Use disposable cups for the liquid
used for rinsing between colours. Make sure you have enough tissues on
hand for the entire tattoo session.
Wash your hands or use alcohol hand rub with 70% alcohol:
- Before putting gloves on and starting a tattoo.
- After taking the gloves off.
- When you take a break, put new gloves on.
Do not store any personal items in the tattoo area.
During the tattoo session:
the skin where the tattoo will be done. If it is red, has a rash or the
skin is broken for any reason, do not tattoo. The client must be told
that it is not safe to tattoo broken skin and to come back when it is
- Only Use single-use, disposable, sterile needles.
sterile, packaged equipment only when ready to begin procedure. If the
sterile packaging has been opened or damaged in any way, it should not
- Use disposable razors for shaving tattoo area of each client. Do not re-use this razor.
- Use small single-use ink caps that are thrown away after each client.
After the tattoo session:
- Cover tattoo with a clean and non-stick dressing that is for covering wounds.
needles/sharps must be put into a proper sharps container and disposed
of safely (city hazardous waste days). Do not handle used needles.
- Needle bars, ink caps, any left-over ink, petroleum jelly or anything else left over must be put in the garbage.
- Clean and disinfect the table and area after each client.
- Remove gloves and put in the garbage. Gloves can only be used one time for one client.
- Wash hands with soap and water.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- All re-useable equipment is cleaned then disinfected.
tattoo or micro pigmentation pen/instrument, the needle holder device,
outer casing and inner needle chamber must be single-use disposable or
cleaned and then sterilized before re-use.
- Ink cap holders are to be high-level disinfected.
- Surfaces covered by plastic must be cleaned and low-level disinfected after each client.
- Any surfaces accidentally contaminated with blood and/or body fluids must be cleaned and high-level disinfected.
- Store multi-use tools in a clean, covered container when not in use and should be clearly labelled as clean.
High Level Disinfection
- Disinfection can only be done after cleaning with soap and water first and rinsing the soap off.
- If the instruments can’t be washed right away, soak them in soapy water until you are ready to clean them.
level disinfection can be done with a bleach and water solution. Make
sure that the starting bleach product has 5%chlorine. There are other
chemicals that can be used, call Brant County Health Unit (519)753-4937
- Mix one teaspoon (5 mils) of bleach with one cup (250 mils) water.
- Soak the instruments in this solution for 20 minutes
- Remove instruments and let them air dry.
- Store instruments in a closed container until needed.
Needles cannot be disinfected this way. Needles can only be sterilized in an autoclave or bought pre-sterilized.
Blood and Body Fluid Exposures
- Provide client with verbal and written after-care instructions.
- If the client or staff gets stuck with a needle go to the hospital and tell the nurse that you have a needle stick injury.
- Tell your clients to see a doctor if the tattoo is hot to the touch or red and sore.
- Keep client records and accidental blood and body fluid exposure records on site for one year and off site for 5 years.
- Tattoo artists and staff should be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.
If you have any questions, call our personal services settings inspectors at 519-753-4937 ext. 454