Organisation warns of risk to public from blood-borne diseases through increase in popularity of tattooing and body piercing.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is calling on the government to address what it sees as a major public health risk posed by the dramatic increase in tattooing and body piercing.

It has warned that the inability of local authorities to insist that tattooists and piercers undergo accredited training is putting the public at risk.

Concerns centre on the ease with which skin infection and blood-borne diseases can be spread through poor practice. In particular diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and HIV can all be transmitted through unhygienic practice and an unclean working environment.

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