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Prescribed infection control procedures as applied to Queensland tattoo operators: a review

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Dale TrottDale Trott, Ryan KiftRyan Kift
Many diseases have been associated with tattooing. The risk of disease transfer is increased if inappropriate infection control measures are followed. This paper is a review of current literature and legislation covering tattooing in Queensland. Reference is made to an earlier study in which many issues were identified for tattoo operators and their practices, including a poor understanding of specific infection control measures, poor personal hygiene, insufficient training in infection control procedures, and inadequate sterilisation of equipment. Although the legislation was also identified as having poor applicability to the tattooing industry as a whole, it has since changed and now requires tattoo operators to undertake training in infection control. However, concerns are raised in this review about the appropriateness of training provided to tattoo operators (including the guidance on sterilising equipment), and the reluctance of tattoo operators to provide information about their tattooing procedures to local authorities — as both of these issues make it difficult to improve the implementation of infection control measures in this industry.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

23

Issue

3

Start Page

225

End Page

239

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

0815-6409

Location

North Ryde, NSW

Publisher

CCH Australia Limited

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of occupational health and safety : Australia and New Zealand.