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Environmental Health - Programs - Body Piercing & Tattoo Parlors
There are several body piercing salons in Volusia County that are licensed and inspected by the Volusia County Health Department. These salons are inspected annually or more by both an Environmental Specialist and a Registered Nurse from the Health Department.
Body piercing is an invasive procedure that presents the potential for infection. Not only can piercing lead to infections of the pierced site (especially if aftercare procedures are not followed), but it also has the potential to transmit bloodborne pathogens, such as Hepatitis B, if minimum
The Florida Department of Health urges individuals to be aware of the risks associated with getting a temporary black henna tattoo as the Department has received reports of allergic reactions and injuries, including permanent scaring of the skin from temporary black henna tattoos that are popular with those who want to enjoy a temporary tattoo. Read about these Henna tattoo's at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/community/Black_Henna/index.htm
In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed section 381.0075, Florida Statutes (F.S.), regulating the body-piercing industry. Chapter 64E-19, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) prescribes the minimum sanitary and safety requirements related to the design, operation, and maintenance of body-piercing salons.
Operators and piercers (defined in subsections 381.0075(2), F.S., and Chapter 64E-19.002, F.A.C., respectively) must be trained in infection-control procedures, prior to licensure of a body-piercing salon. Training courses are reviewed and accepted by the Department of Health, Bureau of Facility Programs.
Apply for a License
In accordance with Chapter 64E-19, F.A.C., owners and operators of body-piercing salons and temporary establishments require an operating license, which is subject to annual renewal.
Body-piercing licenses are issued by many of the Department of Health's county health departments. To apply for a license, complete the application form, and submit it along with the required license fee, to your local county health department.
Owners and operators of body-piercing salons and temporary establishments also should have an injury-report form, in the event of a report of injury or complaint of injury. Completed forms should be sent to the licensing county health department.
Tattoo Parlor Permits
Tattoo parlors need at least a biomedical waste permit and depending on services at each salon and it's location, other health department and local permits.
Contact our Biomedical Waste Coordinator at 386-274-0692 for more information.
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Page last updated: 07/9/13