THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING A PRACTICTIONER CAN DO TO PREVENT DISEASE TRANSMISSION. All of our employees are trained in proper hand washing and proper glove donning. What good is a clean glove if your hands are dirty? We use approved antimicrobial soaps for washing between clients and hand sanitizers between glove changes... yeah, we are just that good.
Our gloves are checked and changed throughout all procedures. We only use powder free Nitrile gloves to prevent any latex allergic reactions.
Everything we use is single use even down to what we mark your piercing with. Our tattoo artists use disposable tubes, needles and ink caps. Our piercers use sterile implements when needed and process them through a 3 step process which ends in a sterilization cycle. All tattoo needles and piercing needles are properly sterilized and used once and then disposed of in the proper biohazard disposal container.
It is important in your studio and set-up to be able to separate your clean from your dirty. For example it wouldn't be safe for us to hang our needles sharps container right above the chair we pierce you in. Barriers, organization, and well thought out plot plans have made our shop not only smooth running but safe. We keep our bio bins out of access of customers and we use metal step trash cans to insure spillage and accidental contact with the trash are virtually impossible. We also have a biohazard processing room that clients are not allow in where we process any contaminated tools or tubes.
What we do to maintain our tools and equipment wouldn't really matter if we didn't keep the rest of the shop clean. Our amazing staff wipe their counters and work space with approved disinfectants before and after every client. This extends into the rest of the house keeping. Things you wouldn't think of get disinfected also like door handles, light switches, cabinets and anything in the shop that may unexpectedly come in contact with a fresh tattoo, fresh piercing, or a fresh finger that may have accidentally touched that new tattoo or piercing.
We maintain our autoclaves like one would maintain a porsche. Reservoirs get drained, trays and burners are cleaned and we also have them maintained and calibrated every 6 months by professional technicians. This insures that they are working properly at all times. We run indicators and integrators in every sterilization cycle. This allows us to monitor that steam, heat and pressure have met their potential. We also send a weekly biological spore strip out to North Bay Bioscience where they test our strip to make sure our autoclaves can kill the smallest form of bacteria. We post our test results right inside our front door so they are easily accessible for you to view.
All of our artists and piercers go through strict yearly training to receive their Bloodborne Pathogen Training for the Body Art Practitioner. This is to insure that they understand how to apply Bloodborne Pathogen training in their environment. When a studio decides to get their training online or in a hospital it doesn't go into detail how to apply what they learned to their specific business, shop and work area.
All of our artists are CPR and First Aid Certified also.
Our other certifications that we have done over the years include continuing education conducted by the Association of Professional Piercers, Infection Control Certifications, Preventing Disease Transmission Courses and intensive trainings on surface anchoring and genital beading.
We are also a member of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) www.safepiercing.org