Section 2 — Substantial Hazards to Public Health and Safety

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Substantial hazards to public health and safety include, but are not limited to:

2.1 Substantial damage to the tattoo establishment caused by earthquake, wind, fire, rain, or flood.

2.2 Loss of electrical power to critical systems, such as lighting, heating, cooling, or ventilation controls, or sterilization equipment for a period of two (2) or more hours.

2.3 A water outage to the entire tattoo establishment for a period of two (2) or more hours.

2.4 A water supply that is not approved by the Health Authority.

2.5 A defect or condition exists in the system supplying potable water that may result in the contamination of the water.

2.6 A cross-connection between the potable and non-potable water distribution systems, such as landscape irrigation, air conditioning, heating, and/or fire suppression.

2.7 A back siphonage.

2.8 Sewage that is not disposed of in an approved and sanitary manner.

2.9 Improperly installed toilet or hand washing facilities.

2.10 Infestation, harborage, or propagation of vermin.

2.11 The presence of toxic or noxious gases, vapors, fumes, mists, or particulates in concentrations immediately dangerous to life or health, or in concentrations sufficient to cause an environmental disease or a public nuisance.

2.12 The presence within the tattoo establishment of any pesticide not approved by the EPA, including any evidence of indiscriminate use of a pesticide, or herbicide which may be injurious to the health of humans.

2.13 The presence of any disease-causing organism in water exposed to the atmosphere at a level which has caused or is likely to cause an environmental disease in the tattoo establishment.

2.14 A tattoo operator or other employee infected with a communicable disease which represents an immediate hazard to fellow employees or patrons.

2.15 Responsible persons or tattoo operators not practicing strict standards of cleanliness, personal hygiene, and Standard Precautions.

2.16 Equipment that by condition, design, construction, or use poses an immediate risk of entrapment, fall, puncture, pinch, crush, tip, or other cause of injury.

2.17 Environmental surfaces, furnishings, mats, tattoo tables, pillows, cushions, linens, robes, garments, chairs, or other items within a tattoo establishment that are stained with blood or bodily fluids, soiled, or infested with vermin; or are in an otherwise unsanitary condition.

2.18 Any unmitigated biohazardous event that simultaneously involves more than one (1) individual, body art work station, or a public area exceeding 200 square feet.

2.19 Missing or inoperable smoke detection equipment.

2.20 Inability of heating and cooling equipment to maintain the room temperatures between 60°F and 90°F in all rooms and areas within the tattoo establishment used by patrons.

2.21 The presence of uncontrolled putrescible waste within the tattoo establishment, on the establishment grounds, or in waste accumulation and disposal areas in quantity and duration as to create a nuisance.

2.22 Improper disposal of biohazardous or potentially biohazardous wastes.

2.23 Any sharp instrument such as a needle or razor that is not appropriately placed in a sharps container immediately after use.

2.24 Reuse of any disposable or single-use equipment or pigments on another patron or on the same patron during a different tattooing session.

2.25 Lack of proper sterilization of needles, tubes or any part of the tattoo machine that comes in contact with the pigment or breaks the skin, when the items are not presterilized by the manufacturer prior to purchase.

2.26 A lack of adequate, currently tested, and fully functional sterilization equipment on the premises in strict compliance with Section 4 of these Regulations.

2.27 All illegal clandestine drug laboratories and related activities.

2.28 If the substantial health hazard affects people or is unmitigated, then the Health Authority shall be notified by the tattoo establishment either during normal business hours at the Environmental Health Division phone number or after normal business hours through the 24-hour hotline. Such occurrences which have been corrected by the tattoo establishment must be reported to the Health Authority within normal hours the next business day.

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Phone: (702) 759-0677


Updated on: January 4, 2019