Violation Explanations
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Body Art Violations Explanations

Critical violations must be immediately fixed, as they present the greatest risk to public health.

1. Body Artists

  • Training (non-critical violation): Provide proof of successful completion of a universal precautions course within 90 days of hire. Universal precautions training certificates must be renewed every three years.
  • Vaccinations (non-critical violation): Receive vaccination against hepatitis B or provide a written statement to the manager or owner of the body art establishment stating that he or she declines the vaccination.
  • Hygienic Practices (critical violation): Non-hygienic practices, such as eating or drinking during procedures, is observed.
  • Hands washed as needed (critical violation): Hands are washed before and after all procedures and in between glove changes.
  • Proper practices (non-critical violation): Body artists’ follow proper practice with regards to cleaning, hygiene, body art equipment, and safety.

2. Operators

  • Employee records complete (non-critical violation): The following information on each employee of a body art establishment shall be on file and available for inspection by Boulder County Public Health (BCPH): Full legal name, home address, and home phone number.
  • Written procedures (non-critical violation): Every mobile, temporary, or permanent body art establishment shall have and comply with written procedures for infection and exposure control. All procedures developed for the written plan shall comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards, and all local and state regulations.
  • Infections, complications reported to Boulder County Public Health within 24 hours (non-critical violation): All infections or complications need to be reported to BCPH within 24 hours.
  • Sharps contract available for review (non-critical violation): A sharps contract from a medical waste disposal company needs to be on file to ensure that all needles and needle bars are disposed of correctly.

3. Client Records

  • Client records available, complete (non-critical violation): There must be client consent forms on site, as well as personal health information collected about each client, to document that all persons who received a body art procedure were in good health.
  • Records maintained for a minimum of three years (non-critical violation): The person in charge shall have access to and shall maintain client records on the premise for a minimum of three (3) years. The client records shall be available for review by BCPH.
  • Accurate pre- & post-procedure instructions available (non-critical violation): Documentation that both written and verbal instructions regarding risks, outcome, and aftercare were given to the client must be completed.
  • Written consent from guardian if client is under 18 years of age (critical violation): No body artist shall perform a body art procedure upon a minor unless the body artist has received express written consent from the minor’s parent or guardian.
  • Refuse properly disposed of; frequent interval (non-critical violation).

4. Building, Fixtures, & Storage.

  • Floors, walls, and ceiling must be clean and in good repair (non-critical violation).
  • Lighting as required (non-critical violation): At least fifty-foot candles of artificial light shall be provided in procedure area.
  • Furniture must be clean and in good repair (non-critical violation).
  • Animals limited as required (non-critical violation): No animals should be in procedure areas; should be limited to waiting room area must be provided.
  • Designated, separate procedure area (non-critical violation).
  • Chemicals must be properly labeled, stored, used (non-critical violation).
  • Facility must separate from human habitation, food preparation (non-critical violation).
  • Work area furnishings (non-critical violation): All work area furnishings must be in good condition and easily cleanable.
  • Cross-connection, backflow, back-siphonage (non-critical violation): Sewer must have good cross connection and back-flow siphonage.
  • Work areas surfaces must be smooth, easily cleanable (non-critical violation).

5. Permits

  • License posted in conspicuous area (non-critical violation): The license from BCPH should be posted in a conspicuous place in the facility.

6. Toilet & Hand Washing Facilities

  • Adequate number, design, and accessible (critical violation).
  • Fixtures must be clean and in good repair (non-critical violation).
  • Floors, walls, and ceiling are in good repair (non-critical violation).
  • Soap & paper towels (critical violation).
  • Water source must be safe and provides hot and cold temperatures (critical violation).

7. Body Piercing Equipment

  • No reuse of single-use items (critical violation): All piercing needles need to be single use, sterile, and manufactured for either medical or body piercing purposes.
  • Approved jewelry for piercing (non-critical violation): Only sterile, new or good jewelry, may be used for initial piercing.
  • Piercing guns for earlobes only (non-critical violation).

8. Construction & Plan Review

  • Plan review submitted when necessary (non-critical violation): A plan review is necessary for remodeling or opening a new facility.
  • Construction must be done in accordance with applicable laws (non-critical violation).

9. Waste Disposal

  • Proper sewage & liquid waste disposal must be done (non-critical violation).
  • Cloth items properly cleaned, stored (non-critical violation): Cloth items used for cleaning or in any body art procedure must be properly laundered in order to be sterile for re-use.
  • Needles & other infectious waste disposed of in an approved manner (critical violation): Needles and other infectious waste must be disposed of either in sharps or biohazard container.

10. Sterilizers/Sterile Equipment

  • Instruments properly used, handled, packaged, & stored (critical violation): All instruments used during procedures must be properly used, cleaned, packaged, and stored in such a manner to ensure sterility.
  • Sterile packs w/date of sterilization, w/exp. date (critical violation): All sterile packs must have date of sterilization and date of expiration on them.
  • Chemical indicators on sterile packs (critical violation): All sterile packs, including new needles from manufacturers, must have chemical indicators on them.
  • Spore testing documentation (critical violation): All facilities must have monthly spore testing information available on-site.
  • Sterile packs stored in clean/dry area (non-critical violation): Sterile packs need to be stored in a clean and dry place.
  • Sterilizer log available, accurate, & maintained for 3 years (critical violation): The autoclave log on-site must be accurate, up-to-date, and maintained for 3 years.
  • Proper instrument cleaning; gloves worn (non-critical violation): All instruments must be properly cleaned in an appropriate cleaner prior to sterilization.
  • Employees must wear gloves.
  • Sterilizer properly cleaned, maintained, used (non-critical violation): Autoclave needs to be cleaned and maintained according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Sterilizer operating manual must be available on site (non-critical violation).

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