Chapter 11 HEALTH AND SANITATION*
Section 11-366 Regulation of tattoo equipment.
Operators shall comply with the following regulations:
(1) Nonreusable items such as needles,
gauze and styptic pencils shall be treated as
contaminated and be disposed of in appropriate isolation boxes in accordance with state and
(2) Individual cups of ink or colors
shall be used for each patron and shall be discarded after
(3) Needles and other instruments used
in administering the tattoo, including hand pieces,
needle bars and razor blade holders, must be thoroughly rinsed and sterilized after each use. All
styptic pencils, gauze, gloves and similar items shall be used for one patron only and disposed of
immediately after use.
(4) Sterilization of equipment shall
be done by steam pressure sterilization (autoclave) for a
minimum of thirty (30) minutes at two hundred seventy (270) degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a
drying time of not less than fifteen (15) minutes.
a. To prepare
for steam pressure sterilization, each needle shall be flushed with distilled
water and left distinctly moist, immediately before the sterilization process is initiated. The tubes
containing the needles shall rest on their sides in the sterilizer to facilitate the air removal and
steam contact to each tube and needle.
b. When an autoclave
procedure is used, indicator tape or other acceptable test method
shall be used to check the effectiveness of sterilization. A daily log shall be kept of tests of
c. Records of
methods of sterilization and temperature cycle for each sterilization process
shall be kept on file for inspection by the director.
d. All instruments
and needles shall be stored in a closed metal or glass container.
e. All acetate
tattoo stencils shall be cleaned with seventy (70) per cent isopropyl alcohol
between customers. Individual transfers of tattoo designs shall be used once and discarded.
f. All furniture
or items splashed with blood or body fluid shall be cleaned with a
g. All tubes,
hoses and reusable equipment shall be cleaned with soap and water or
ultrasounded double wrapped in sterilizer paper or in peel pouches and appropriately sterilized.
(Ord. No. 15145, § 1, 2-3-97)