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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