Body piercing, tattooing and similar hazards

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Body piercing, tattooing, and scarification all carry risks of blood-borne and other infections.

Regulation of outlets providing these services is not always easy.

Anecbubble.png Treating infected tracks
Infected tracks of piercings can be treated by applying antibiotic or antibacterial ointment to the ring or bar, and moving it so as to draw this through the track. The portion emerging should be cleaned.

External links

  • Health and Safety Executive / Local Authorities Enforcement Liaison Committee (HELA) 76/2 "Health and safety issues related to body piercing, tattooing and scarification" (Revised April)
  • Calderdale District Council's "Advice and safe practice for body piercing: guidance for operators".[1]


  1. Advice and safe practice for body piercing: guidance for operators. Calderdale: Calderdale District Council, (downloaded 3 August); 1-45