Hygiene standards in the tattoo parlour and practices for prevention of infection

Curr Probl Dermatol. 2015:48:228-35. doi: 10.1159/000369178. Epub 2015 Mar 26.


The tattoo studio and the procedures and operations of practicing tattooing may help to reduce the risk of infections associated with tattooing or, if improper, increase the risk. Thus, as a preventive measure, the tattoo studio should be optimized. All procedures should be carefully chosen to eliminate microbial contamination from the environment (from needles, machines, and other utilities) and also from persons. This chapter provides a detailed generic description of the organization of a safe tattoo procedure, i.e. guidance for professional tattooists on how to set up or reorganize their studio with the aim of the highest standard possible, which may satisfy customers' needs and make the procedure safe for the end consumer as well as the practitioner. These practices are necessary to meet upcoming official requirements in the future.

MeSH terms

  • Disinfection
  • Disposable Equipment
  • Equipment Contamination / prevention & control
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Humans
  • Hygiene / standards*
  • Interior Design and Furnishings*
  • Tattooing / adverse effects
  • Tattooing / instrumentation
  • Tattooing / standards*