Under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, employers must make sure their tattooists have received suitable and sufficient training to carry out their work safely.
It is recommended that all new tattooists should have at least one year of supervised training as an apprentice to become a competent tattooist.
The tattooing of any person under the age of 18 is an offence under the Tattooing of Minors (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 and could lead to the prosecution of the tattooist.
Tattooists should record the details of all customers to make sure they comply with the law.
At Skinworks we always carry out a face to face consultation prior to the tattoo appointment.
The consultation should include questions to check if the client is suffering from any of the following medical conditions:
These conditions may not stop you being tattooed but it is important for the tattooist to know.
*We will not tattoo or pierce anyone who is pregnant/nursing a child. Or anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs due to health and safety issues.*
Belfast City Skinworks will collect the following information from each customer on the day of the appointment.
Consent forms will be kept for 3 years.
Your tattooist will make you aware of any associated risks of receiving a tattoo.
All table tops, shelves and other work surfaces at Belfast City Skinworks are designed so that they are smooth, solid and can be effectively cleaned between clients. This also applies to all couches and seats.
All tables and couches will be covered with a disposable paper sheet which should be changed for each client.
Hand washing stations with a supply of hot and cold running water are provided in all treatment areas for tattooists and piercers to wash their hands prior to, and between procedures.
Alcohol hand sanitizer is also available in all of the artists stations.
At Belfast City Skinworks we only use single use disposable needles for body piercings. All instruments are put through a sterilisation process after every use and individually bagged ready for the next customer. For tattoos we either use single use tattoo cartridges or again put tubes through a sterilisation process.
After every procedure we will provide customers with both verbal and written aftercare that goes into detail regarding how to care for your tattoo or piercing and what to expect during the healing process.
Waste from tattooing is clinical waste and must be treated as such. Our waste is collected weekly by a registered carrier and disposed of safely. Every artist is provided with their own clinical waste bin and also a sharps bin for needles, razors etc