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BODY ART: Body Piercing and Tattoos

Attention Body Art Business Owners/Operators

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has released draft rules and the application process for all body art facilities to assure they are in compliance with Public Act 149. State Law requires every body art facility to complete an application form with payment for the required license and then to request an inspection from the local health department which has jurisdiction along payment for associated fees. All body art facilities need to be inspected and approved for licensing before January 1, 2010. The requirements for body art facilities, the licensure application and other information can be found at the links below.

Attention Body Art Consumers

If you are considering getting some body art (tattoo, cosmetic tattoo, piercing, branding or scarification) all well-run body art facilities will use procedures to prevent injury and illness transmission during their procedures. Be sure to ask your body art technician about what precautions they take prior to receiving your body art.

Also educate yourself about best practices that should occur in a Body Art facility to protect you from illness and injury. Dragon Moon Parlor uses these suggested guidelines for infection control. In order to be in a better position to evaluate the safety of a Body Art Facilities you may want to read a listing of Body Art health and safety precautions topics.

Aftercare for Body Art:

In order to ensure a lasting and successful piece of body art proper care while it is healing is very important. Below are aftercare instructions for the three major types of body art:

Helpful Links:

State of Michigan Body Art web site
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health (MIOSHA) regulations
CDC / NIOSH Tattoo and Body Piercing Safety Information
Public Act 149



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