Body Piercing Salons - Sterilization Guidelines
Sterilization procedures must include
1. Proper autoclaving must be done according to the autoclave
2. There must be a sterilization indicator in each autoclaving
to monitor the sterilization procedure. The indicator must indicate
exposure to steam and 250° Fahrenheit.
3. Contaminated instruments must be sterilized in the following
a. The contaminated instruments must be thoroughly cleansed with
an antiseptic solution, according to the instructions for the
antiseptic solution, and hot water.
b. The contaminated instruments and all other instruments, must
be packaged properly and loaded correctly into the autoclave.
c. The contaminated instruments must be sterilized by autoclave.
4. All sterilized instruments must be stored and handled in a
manner that maintains sterility.
5. Autoclaves must be cleaned regularly and serviced at least
once a year.
6. Each body-piercing salon utilizing autoclave sterilization
techniques must post the sterilization procedures and ensure that
personnel responsible for performing the sterilization procedures
are adequately trained.
7. All staff must be trained in proper infection-control procedures.
8. Presterilized, prewrapped, disposable instruments may be used,
but must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
64E-19.005 Requirements For Sterilizing
Jewelry and Instruments.
(1) All non-disposable instruments used for body piercing shall
be cleansed and sterilized after each use in the manner prescribed
in subsection 381.0075(11), including the temperature requirements.
Autoclave sterilization shall be conducted for the cycle of time
and corresponding operating pressure recommended by the manufacturer
of the autoclave. Sanitizers used in the cleaning process must
have demonstrated tuberculocidal activity, as indicated by the
product label, and be registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Jewelry may be sterilized with a liquid chemical sterilant approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long as the
jewelry is sterilized according to the procedures on the product
(2) Unless otherwise specified by the autoclave manufacturer,
instruments that are to be autoclaved must be packed individually
in single use paper peel-packs or other containers designed for
sterilizing instruments and marked with the expiration date. The
expiration date shall not exceed 30 days from the date autoclaved.
(3) All sterilized instruments shall remain stored in sterilized
containers until just prior to performing a body piercing procedure.
Where several instruments are sterilized at the same time in the
same container, such as in a single use setup, once the container
is opened, any instruments not used immediately in a procedure
must be resterilized.
(4) In addition to the indicator requirements of subparagraph
381.0075(11)(b)2., F.S., body-piercing salons shall demonstrate,
using spore destruction tests, that their autoclaves are capable
of attaining the minimum operating standards specified in subsection
(1) above. These tests shall be performed every 40 hours of autoclave
operation, but not less than on a quarterly basis. A log shall
be kept to document the hours of autoclave operation, and the
spore tests shall be verified through an independent laboratory.
(5) Autoclaves shall be cleaned at the frequency recommended by
the manufacturer. Autoclaves shall be serviced at the frequency
recommended by the manufacturer, but not less than once a year.
A copy of the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and servicing
the autoclave must be maintained on file in the salon.
(6) All clean or packaged sterilized instruments and supplies
shall be stored in clean, dry closed cabinets or tightly covered
Specific Authority 381.0075(10) FS.
Law Implemented 381.0075(10),(11) FS. History - New1-21-00.
The above are the guidlines for sterilization procedures only.
For the entire Florida Statues Regulation of Body Piercing