Tattoo Parlour Hygiene - Reducing the risk of infection

Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular with an estimated 20 million British people choosing to get inked. This surge in popularity can be attributed to celebrities such as David Beckham and Lady Gaga glamorising the art form. However there is darker side to getting tattooed – there is a substantially increased risk of contracting an infection or disease through being inked!
A study has found that people being tattooed are nine times more likely to get infected with hepatitis C than those who do not have tattoos (Baxter, 2001). Hepatitis B, HIV and scarring are other infections that can also be contracted through poor hygiene standards. 
Currently in the UK there is no legal framework for anyone looking to set up a tattoo studio. With no qualifications needed anyone can open for business.
What makes this issue worse is the fact that many operators are uneducated about the health risks involved in this industry.
Not Just Taps has done extensive research to examine how the risks of infection can be minimised. By having the right equipment and premises it not only ensures the correct levels of hygiene but also shows clients you really do care about their health and safety. The following recommendations are guidelines to maintain hygiene standards and minimise bacterial risks. 


  • All surfaces must be resistant to spillage.
  • Liquid must not be able to pass through surfaces.
  • Floors should have non-slip covering.
  • Carpets should be avoided in work areas.
  • A deep medical standard ‘non overflow’ sink is required for washing equipment and instruments.
  • For hand washing an elbow operated mixer tap is ideal.
  • Cloth towels should be avoided and the use of wall mounted paper towel dispenser is recommended.
  • Use of a wall mounted Soap dispenser placed in cross proximity to hand wash stations is recommended. is dedicated to promoting  higher hygiene standards and offers healthcare specific sanitary fittings that are particularly suited to the tattoo industry  including speciality sinks, taps and hygienic dispensers leading to better hygiene standards within the industry.
The healthcare  sales team can help recommend the correct fittings for anyone looking to build a new tattoo studio or refurbish an existing one and can help with the selection of the most suitable handwashing equipment. Visit or phone the dedicated sales team on 01923 268843 for information or guidance.

Baxter, M. Rense (2001) Tattooing could be key infection route for hepatitis C. Available at:
Plymouth Council (2008) Advice and safe practice for permanent tattooing. Available at: