|Reports & Publications - Annual Report 1999
Preventing the Spread of Blood Borne Pathogens by Inspecting Tattoo and Piercing Premises
The Health Unit inspects all “personal services establishments” including barber shops, tattoo parlours, body piercing facilities and beauty parlours where the transmission of blood borne pathogens presents a greater risk to clients.
Prevention and control of blood borne infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus is key to the Health Unit’s infection control program. Inspection, education and consultation are the main activities that have helped in the control of blood borne infections.
Educational programs are focused on individuals considered to be at the greatest risk of infection. Health Unit staff provide educational sessions for health care workers in institutions such as hospitals and long term care facilities upon request. As well, public health nurses work to educate individuals with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C on the measures necessary to prevent the spread of infection.