Tattoo parlours to get hygiene ratings

Tattoo businesses are being urged to sign up to new council scheme.

Tattoo businesses are being urged to sign up to new council scheme.

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Tattoo businesses in Bridlington are to be rated on how hygienic they are under a voluntary scheme designed to drive up standards.

From November, tattoo premises will be encouraged to sign up to the Tattoo Hygiene Ratings scheme, which is similar to the Food Standards Agency scores on the doors scheme used by restaurants and takeaways.

Under the scheme, which will be administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, premises will be inspected and assessed against a number of criteria before being scored between:

l one – needs improvement

l two – satisfactory

l three – good

l four – very good.

Businesses will be given a certificate and a sticker with the relevant score which can be displayed in the window giving the public reassurance that the premises have good hygiene standards.

The ratings, based on hygiene and cleanliness standards and not artistic merit of the tattooist, will be displayed on the council’s website which will help the public choose which business to use.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would encourage all tattooists in the East Riding to sign up as this system aims to offer a consistent, straightforward means of rewarding those tattooists who promote good hygiene standards and support those looking to improve as well informing members of the public.”