Tat­too par­lours yet to join hy­giene scheme

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

A scheme set up to rate the hy­giene of tat­too par­lours in the same way as restau­rants has failed to at­tract a sin­gle mem­ber in two years.

The city council launched the rat­ings sys­tem in 2015 in the hope it would pro­mote high stan­dards of prac­tice at stu­dios across the dis­trict.

But un­like the food hy­giene in­spec­tions, which are legally en­forced through en­vi­ron­men­tal health reg­u­la­tions, the one pro­posed for tat­too par­lours is vol­un­tary.

And stu­dios have not been quick to sign up, with not a sin­gle in­spec­tion car­ried out by en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers.

The council hoped the scheme would give re­as­sur­ance to cus­tomers that the op­er­a­tions had well trained staff and were op­er­ated safely.

Spokesman Rob Davies said: “There has been quite a bit of in­ter­est from stu­dios, although none have de­cided to for­mally join the scheme so far. The slow take-up is re­flected in the other Kent districts, too.

“How­ever, we have two ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tions reg­is­tered with us, which are await­ing com­ple­tion of works be­fore we can go back and rate the premises. We hope this will hap­pen quite soon.

“As with any­thing, it just needs one or two busi­nesses to sign up, and then we would an­tic­i­pate in­ter­est will gather pace. We will also be giv­ing the scheme fur­ther pro­mo­tion and vis­it­ing busi­nesses again.

“This is a grow­ing in­dus­try and the ben­e­fits to join­ing the scheme are con­sid­er­able. As well as a cer­tifi­cate and win­dow sticker, the abil­ity for a stu­dio to demon­strate it is a high-per­form­ing busi­ness can give it the edge on com­peti­tors.”

Any busi­ness in­ter­ested in find­ing out more should call the council’s en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion team on 01227 862000.

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Tat­too par­lours have been slow to sign up to the hy­giene scheme

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