County eyes changes in tattoo, body piercing rules

Published On: Aug 27 2014 07:32:35 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Health officials in the Savannah area are considering changes in rules that govern tattoo and body piercing establishments.

Chatham County Board of Health officials say they want to make sure that body art artists are using approved tattoo ink, especially ones that do not contain lead, and are following safe hygiene practices.

The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/YXbQ1J) that the proposed changes include adding manufacturer recommendations for approved tattoo pigments, improving enforcement practices and requiring bathrooms and sinks.

Authorities say 60 artists are permitted to work at the 19 tattoo and body piercing studios in the county.

Todd Jones, the county's environmental health director, said drafts of the proposed changes were sent to tattoo and body piercing artists for input. He said the responses so far have been positive.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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