New hygiene rating system for tattoists in the district

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

A voluntary hygiene rating scheme is to be introduced for tattooists in North Kesteven.

The proposed Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme is aimed at improving standards and allowing the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene prescribed. The scheme, originally piloted in Wales, is now being taken up by local authorities around the UK. It has already been taken up in South Kesteven and East Lindsey.

NKDC executive board members gave the go-ahead at their meeting last Tuesday.

Research indicated the scheme would give recognition to well-run parlours while driving out unregistered and unsafe practitioners who often operate from home, known as ‘scratchers’.

Currently there are three licensed tattoo parlours in Sleaford. Tattooists would pay a £100 registration fee to cover costs and apply to be assessed and allocated a rating: 1 Needs Improvement, 2 Satisfactory, 3 Good, 4 Very Good.

Jim Bray of Skinovation on East Road has been in the business for 12 years and said it is a good idea. “It will give people a bit more confidence and peace of mind. People will still shop around but your health should take presidence,” he added.

He said he takes infection control seriously but doubted if it will stop amateurs at home.