Local news story to where I am (the shop I went to had zero violations, I’m pleased to say) that just underscores why you need to research your shop.
Research of a shop goes BEYOND just making sure the artists are skilled and an autoclave is present; they should be displaying certificates showing that they pass health inspections or should provide proof if asked.
Out of 13 local shops, SEVEN failed health inspection in matters relating to sterilization of equipment, most of them being that the shops just flat out weren’t submitting spore test samples to the county and/or the state.
For the link-afraid:
The little ovens are tested to make sure they’re cleaning properly.
Proof of this in a spore sample must be sent to the health department once a month.
And what if the results are late?
“It’s a significant violation and if we continue to see it occur, we would have to issues orders. That could include ceasing and desisting operations until they demonstrate that their autoclave is working,” Thoune said.
Thoune said blood and bodily fluids left on the casings comes with many risks if it’s passed onto the next customer.
“Certainly Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV; there are also surface bacteria that are capable of causing skin infections,” Thoune said.