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Body Art (Tattoo & Body Piercing)

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Body art in Ohio is regulated under the authority of Chapter 3730.01 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-9 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).
The body art rules were created to establish minimum standards, applicable throughout Ohio, for the operation and maintenance of body art facilities in order to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy environment.
Body art is the general term for tattoos, piercings, and permanent cosmetics. Body art operations are regulated by the local health department to protect customers and artists from potential health risks, such as the spread of blood borne pathogens.
Prior to opening a facility, all applicants must fill out an application and complete our plan review process.
Plan Review Packet


Some problems associated with tattoos/body piercing 

• Eyebrow piercing can cause nerve damage causing an eyebrow to droop
• Tongue piercing can cause loss of taste buds
• Increased risk of contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV (to reduce the risk always go to a licensed professional facility)
• Oral piercing can cause speech impediments, such as a lisp

Interested in more information on safety of body art?
Think Before You Ink - https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm

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