SKIN-PIERCING in Halton is set to come under even tighter regulation after the council invoked bylaws aimed at protecting public health.
As a result of the new rules, businesses and operators that practise all forms of skin piercing will have to register with the council.
Any business found not complying with the regulations could also be stung with a £1,000 fine and be suspended from operating in Halton.
Health bosses said the new by-law has extended the controls to include body piercing, scarification and semi-permanent skin colouring, micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent make-up and semi-permanent tattooing. The legislation also covers businesses carrying out acupuncture, tattooing, ear-piercing and electrolysis, which were covered by the original legislation.
A council spokesman, said: “Any skin-piercing activity can carry a potential risk of transmission of blood-borne virus, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and other bacterial infections.
“The benefits of this new bylaw are that in addition to the registration of the premises, each individual operator at the businesses is also required to be registered with the local authority.
“The premises and the operators are required to display the registration certificates at the premises.
“The premises will continue to be subjected to regular inspections by officers of the council, who will also issue advice and guidance.
“It is an offence to fail to register as a business, to register as an operator or to comply with the requirements of the bylaw. The penalty for each offence is a fine not exceeding £1,000. The court can also cancel or suspend the business or the operators certificate of registration.”