Have your say on the piercing bylaw
Public input is sought on proposed health rules for businesses that get up close to the human body.
The Auckland Council is planning regulations for businesses that offer services like tattooing, body piercing, hair removal, indoor tanning and nail services, which can have some associated health and hygiene ramifications for consumers.
Submissions are now open on the proposed health and hygiene bylaw and code of practice which outlines a uniform approach.
The super-city council inherited 11 different bylaws from the region’s legacy councils and has drafted a new regionwide bylaw and code of practice to ensure that these practices, and the places they are carried out in, are not potentially harmful to the health of munity.
Proposals include requiring operators of services that pierce or risk breaking the skin and possibly drawing blood to comply with the bylaw and the manager will need to obtain a Health Protection Licence – this also includes tattooing using traditional tools.
There will also be minimum standards for services that risk burning skin such as sun beds and laser treatments and for services with higher risk of infection through use of equipment or transfer of water-borne infections such as colonic hydrotherapy or public swimming pools.