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With body modifications becoming more popular than ever, it is important that citizens are reassured that appropriate hygiene and safety standards are being maintained. Invasive body modifications and similar beauty treatments present a risk of infection and ill-health, particularly where treatments are not carried out in a suitable environment or in a hygienic manner.

Hygiene Accreditation Scheme

Thinking of getting a tattoo?

Registered tattoo studios

Our campaign to stop illegal tattooists

All tattooists in the district have to be registered and inspected by the council before they can legally tattoo. This is so that their premises can be checked to ensure that they are working to health and safety requirements.

Hygiene Accreditation Scheme

Nottinghamshire's Hygiene Accreditation Scheme (HAS) is a voluntary scheme set up to improve and maintain hygiene and safety standards within premises offering Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Make Up and Cosmetic Body Piercing treatments.

This rating applies only to the hygiene and safety of the establishment and is not reflective of the skill or quality of the procedures carried out at the premises. All businesses who participate in the scheme are bound by the 'Scheme Rules'. The Scheme Rules including the Rating Schedule is available below.

The scheme assesses the hygiene and safety standards against criteria referred to as the 'Rating Schedule' [Appendix 1 to the Scheme Rules]. The Rating Schedule has been devised using nationally recognised guidance including the Tattoo and Body Piercing Toolkit produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

pdf icon Hygiene Accreditation Scheme rules and rating schedule [98kb]

Environmental Health Officers will assess hygiene and safety standards against the Rating Schedule and award the premises a rating:

'0' - 'Urgent Improvement Required'

'1' - 'Major Improvement Required'

'2' - 'Improvement Required'

'3' - 'Satisfactory'

'4' - 'Very Good'

'5' - 'Excellent'

The scheme compliments the requirement to register under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Please call our Environmental Health department on 01623 463189 for more information.

To achieve the best possible score, proprietors should refer to and utilise the 'Audit Tool' and 'Management System Guidance' documents below:

pdf icon Hygiene Accreditation Scheme Audit Tool [174kb]

pdf icon Hygiene Accreditation Scheme written procedures guidance document [75kb]

How to apply

You can apply for membership to the scheme using the application form below. To process the application, you must return a completed the form and pay the application fee.

pdf icon Hygiene Accreditation Scheme application form [231kb]

Upon receipt of the application form, an officer will contact you to arrange payment. The fee for an inspection and rating is £146.50.

Request a re-visit

You can request a re-visit by completing the revisit form below. The fee for a re-visit and re-rating is £73.

pdf icon Hygiene Accreditation Scheme re-rating form [133kb]

Please note that the fees can only be paid using a bank card, cash and cheque are not accepted.

Thinking of getting a tattoo?

If so, it is important to go to a registered tattooist as they work under strict guidelines and are inspected.

Illegal tattooists, also known as 'Scratchers', often work from homes, sheds, pubs and clubs and their premises are unlikely to be set up properly. As they're not being inspected, chances are they aren't using the right equipment, tools and inks. This means there are serious risks of infections and allergic reactions and if equipment isn't properly sterilised then there's also the risk of contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Did you know it is illegal for anyone to tattoo someone under the age of 18 years? That's even with the permission of a parent or carer. If you're thinking of getting a tattoo and if you're over 18, go first to a registered tattoo studio.

Registered tattoo studios

There are registered tattoo studios within the district of Mansfield.

Read this article about How Helen became Mansfield's first five star tattoo artist.

If you're thinking of getting a tattoo and need more details please call the Environmental Health team on 01623 463492.

Our campaign to stop illegal tattooists

We need to put a stop to illegal tattooists and make sure they don't cause any more harm. If you would like to report an illegal tattooist then please call the Environmental Health team on 01623 463492.

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