Body Art Sterilization Guidelines
State Of New Mexico
Albuquerque City Ordinance
Chapter 11, Article 5
§ 11-5-1 SHORT TITLE.
This article may be cited as the "Body Art Ordinance."
§ 11-5-11 SANITATION AND STERILIZATION.
(A) All non-disposable instruments used for body art shall be cleaned
thoroughly after each use by scrubbing with an antimicrobial soap
solution and hot water or an appropriate disinfectant to remove blood
and tissue residue and placed in an ultrasonic unit which shall remain
on the premises of the body art establishment and which will be operated
with the manufacturer's instructions.
(B) After cleaning, all non-disposable instruments used for body art
shall be packed individually in paper peel-packs and sterilized. All
paper peel-packs shall contain either a sterilizer indicator or internal
temperature indicator. Properly packaged, sterilized and stored equipment
can be stored no more than one year. Paper peel-packs must be dated
with an expiration date not to exceed one year. Sterile equipment
may not be used after the expiration date without first repackaging
(C) All non-disposable instruments used for body art shall be sterilized
in an autoclave at the body art establishment. Off site sterilization
is prohibited. The sterilizer shall be used, cleaned, and maintained
according to manufacturer's instructions.
A copy of the manufacturer's recommended procedures for the operation
of the sterilization unit must be
available for inspection by the Department.
(D) Each holder of a permit to operate a body art establishment shall
demonstrate that the sterilizer used is capable of attaining sterilization
by monthly spore destruction tests. These tests shall be verified
through an independent laboratory. The
permit shall not be issued or renewed until documentation of the sterilizer's
ability to destroy spores is received by the Department. These test
records shall be retained by the operator for a period of three years
and provided to the Department upon request.
(E) After sterilization, the instrument used for body art, tattooing
or body piercing shall be stored in a dry, clean cabinet or other
tightly covered container reserved for the storage of such instruments.
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