Special Treatments - tattoos and skin-colouring
Anyone who wishes to carry on the practice of acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis must be registered with Winchester City Council unless they are a registered medical practitioner or dentist. *Acupuncture and body art procedures MUST not be undertaken by anyone under the age of 18 years.
The purpose of registration is to protect members of the public from the transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infections and to ensure that health and safety regulations are followed. The Council has approved byelaws that set out standards for the hygienic operation of special treatment businesses. The byelaws can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.
It is compulsory to register both the premises and the operator under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Where can I get further information?
There are a number of specific guidance documents available:
- The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982
- Health and Safety Guidance on Health and Safety issues related to body piercing, tattooing and scarification (LAC 76/2) - aimed at Local Authority Enforcement Officers but has some very useful general guidance, particularly in the appendices.
- The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health guidance "Body art, cosmetic therapies and other special treatments" (ISBN 1-902423-80-1) is available from the CIEH directly. A priced publication that has some good background material on safe practices
- The Health an Safety at Work etc Act 1974