Tattoo Safety Precautions

Before making that big decision to get a tattoo, be sure you are educated about possible health risks associated with the practice. These risks are minimal but they Tattoo Safety Precautionscan occur nonetheless.

Non-sterile tattoo practices can possibly lead to the transmission of infectious organisms such as Hepatitis B and tuberculosis. To limit the risk, be sure to see the section, How to Choose a Tattoo Parlor. When I was overseas I saw a parlor that made me cringe. It was very dirty I just keep walking! But that was overseas. Nowadays it is a very clean environment.  

Be sure to follow the exact instructions on caring for your new tattoo. Your skin is open and is in the healing process during the first few weeks after your tattooing session so be sure to take care of it carefully and religiously.

Another thing to consider is allergic reactions to the pigment. If you are aware of any allergies you may have, be sure to share them with your tattoo artist.

There is a list provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is known as Universal Precautions. This is part of the Blood borne Pathogens Rule that was issued by the EPA. They apply in any health service setting that exposure to bodily fluids and blood is likely to occur. This includes tattoo parlors.

Many states and local authorities have their own regulations for tattoo parlors that are based on the EPA guidelines. Check to see if your state or local municipality has such regulations. Also, look into any professional licensure that your state may have in effect for tattoo parlors.Tattoo Safety

Finally, the biggest thing to remember when getting a tattoo is to NOT let a friend try to tattoo you. I have known so many people that have let their friends give them a tattoo. And let me tell you most did not look good at all.  Please leave it to the professionalswho make this art their livelihood. They have the training and licensing to provide you with a clean and safe service.