Have your say on the pierc­ing bylaw

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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