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Studio 316 Tattoo & Body Piercing operates to the highest possible standards of hygiene - what we consider to be safe operating levels are above and beyond Health & Safety requirements and are based on the latest medical information.


The latest guidelines despite the extra cost.

At Studio 316 Body Art Inc, we use a new needle per client and EEC-compliant piercing jewelery. All jewelry sold for retail or used for piercing is clinically sterilized in seperate equipment to piercing tools; tools (clamps) are rigorously sterilized between customers.

For tattooing we use new, individually pre-sterilized needles for each client and these are disposed of at the end of each tattoo session. All 'grips and tips' (parts of the tattoo gun that come in contact with ink and blood) are rigorously cleaned and sterilized to the highest hospital standards.

Grips and tips are soaked in a medical solution to help remove matter after use. They are then cleaned by hand using specialist brushes to again remove any debris.

Next they are ultrasoniced in an industrial ultrasonic bath (far more powerful than standard) for 1 1/2 hrs. They are then cold-sterilized and individually bagged and sterilized.

Our piercing sterility procedure is as follows:
All tools are pre-soaked in a medical cleaning solution which is designed to remove human matter (skin, saliva, sweat etc) from medical instruments.

We then ultrasonic all instruments for 30 minutes (ultrasonic manufacturers recommend 15) in an industrial ultrasonic cleaner. An ultrasonic cleaner removes all loose matter from tools by creating thousands or bubbles that bombard the surface and encase the loose matter in the detergent, when it will sink to the bottom of the cleaner.

The tools are then placed in a cold sterilising solution. This is designed to sterilise sensitive medical instruments that would be damaged by the heat, steam or pressure of an autoclave.

Finally the tools are placed in special medical bags that allow them to be sterilized inside: This will keep them sterile for up to five years if necessary.

The bagged tools are then autoclaved. An autoclave is a sterilising machine that kills all micro-organisms by the use of heat / steam / pressure. (To learn more about methods of sterilization click here) There are four sterilization methods used in medical and dental offices: Steam (autoclave) sterilization, Chemical vapor sterilization, Dry heat sterilization, and Ethylene oxide gas sterilization

Our cold sterilising fluid is a quality product that does not contain aldehydes, now thought to be carcinogenic. Cheaper cold sterilising fluids still contain these.

As well as all tools being rigorously sterilized, all surfaces in the studio are cleaned regularly throughout the day with medical surface cleaners designed to kill TB, Hepatitis and HIV.

CROSS CONTAMINATION AWARENESS
Cross contamination is a form of indirect exposure that poses a particular risk of disease transmission.
Once a contamination source is touched, everything touched after the source becomes contaminated creating a chain reaction of transmission.
Many common activities can become cross contamination hazards :
Picking up a dropped item
Touching face, hair and clothing
Opening a door
Answering the phone

INFECTION PREVENTION
Auto-clave, heat sterilization, chem.-clave - methods of sterilization for equipment.
Needles should not be reused or recapped and should be placed in a "sharps" container for proper disposal.
Surfaces and equipment may be covered with plastic to prevent cross contamination.
Surfaces and equipment should also be sanitized after use.
An aftercare info is provided.

GLOSSARY
Blood borne Pathogens: Pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Contamination:
The presence or the reasonably anticipated presence of blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Sterilize:
The use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all microbial life including highly resistant bacterial endospores.

Universal Precautions:
Infection control procedures that involve the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, aprons, masks, or protective eyewear, which can reduce the risk of exposure. These measures also include personal hygiene practices like hand washing and disposal of contaminated materials. The type of barrier protection used should be appropriate for the type of procedures being performed and the type of exposure anticipated. Universal Precautions is an approach to infection control. According to the concept of Universal Precautions, all human blood and certain human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBV, and other blood borne pathogens.

by Studio 316 Body Art