Calgary health officials are urging clients of a home-based tattoo operation to get tested for viruses like HIV and Hepatitis.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) says the business, Discount Tattoos, located at 224 7A Street NE failed to meet health and safety standards, posing dangerous conditions for clients.
“To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in tattooing must be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized according to health standards,” Dr. Judy MacDonald, Calgary Zone of AHS, said in a statement.
“This particular home-based tattoo operation did not have proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.”
Anyone planning to get inked is urged to confirm the business has been inspected within the Calgary Zone by calling 403-943-2288. You can also find closure orders issued by the AHS online at www.ahs.ca/eph.asp and ask officials if the business provides unsanitary tattoo conditions.
“It is the responsibility of all tattoo facility operators – whether residential or otherwise – to ensure all regulations are met and operations are compliant,” Dr. MacDonald said.
“This applies not only before opening a tattoo operation but also while operating, always. Our health inspectors support these businesses to operate safely. We are here as a resource.”