Body Art Sterilization Guidelines
1. A set of individual wrapped sterilized needles shall be
used by the artist for each new patron. Not less than 24 sets of
sterilized needles and tubes or tips must be on hand for the entire
day or night operation.
2. All needles shall be cleaned thoroughly
before autoclaving. The use of an ultrasonic cleaner is recommended
to remove blood, pigments and other foreign matter from the needles
and tubes. The tubs and needles shall be run in the heated solution
for a period of not less than 15 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed
prior to autoclaving.
3. Sterilization of needles and tubes shall
be accomplished by:
|a. Holding in an approved autoclave for thirty (3)
minutes at fifteen (15) pounds pressure at a temperature of
248 degrees F. or 120 degrees C. The use of approved autoclave
packaging is required. The date the procedure is performed
shall be written on the packaging. Indicator tapes ir strips
for checking temperature shall be provided each time the autoclave
b. Culture testing of sterilization
equipment, using appropriate microbial spore strips, shall
be required when deemed necessary be the Health Officer.
c. Approved closed cabinets for the storage if
instruments, dyes, pigments, stencils, duplicated. All needles
and instruments shall be stored in autoclave packaging and
handles in such a manner as to prevent recontamination.
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Arkansas Department of Health
Division of Environmental Health Protection (Slot 46)
4815 W Markham Street
Little Rock, AK 72205