Peach County Health Department wants tattoo shop rules and regulations


FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Peach County Health Department wants to create a set of rules and regulations for tattoo and body piercing shops.

There aren’t any in the county currently, but the department leaders say if businesses open up, they’d like specific guidelines in place.

On an average, Sean Brooks buzzes through about three to four tattoos a day.

“Tattoo shops, we do open up the skin making it vulnerable for any kind of outside airborne bacteria to come in and do their damage,” Brooks said.

He owns the “Canvas of Flesh” tattoo shop in Houston County and he prioritizes his store on cleanliness and sanitation.

“That’s why we operate in a clean manner,” Brooks said referring to each of his artists’ workshops.

About 20 minutes down the road in Peach County, there isn’t a tattoo shop in town, but health department leaders want to make sure if there were, those same clean standards Houston County has in place would apply there.

“Give them an opportunity, as individuals, to open a facility and meet certain standards that’s put forth with these rules and regulations,” Jeff Gunter, with the health department, said.

He says “house” tattoos and using the same needles can be dangerous.

“They some what know what they’re doing, but the setting itself may not be sterile,” Gunter said.

The health department presented a set of rules and regulations for body art and piercings to county commissioners.

The are already state wide rules in place including people under the age of 18 needing consent from a parent or guardian before getting a tattoo or piercing, but the county wants to have it’s own in place as well.

“It’s generally that way and then each of the counties break it down, or districts for that matter,” Gunter said.

It’s a necessary step Brooks agrees with to make sure customers go home happy.

It’s like good gun safety. If you’re not instructed well, you could definitely hurt someone,” Brooks said.

…and safe.

County commissioners tabled the talks to approve the rules and regulations.

They haven’t set a specific date, but plan on having an open meeting with the public next month before approving the rules.

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