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New Safe Body Art Act

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Assembly Bill 300, the Safe Body Art Act, was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 9, 2011. This law provides a uniform set of standards for the body art industry to protect the health and safety of body art practitioners, their customers and the public. Body art is an invasive process that includes piercing, tattooing, application of permanent cosmetics and branding. These practices present the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis B.

The Food and Housing Division (FHD) of the Department of Environmental Health is the local agency charged with implementing the Safe Body Art Act in the County of San Diego. The law became effective on July 1, 2012, and requires that body art be performed in a safe and sanitary manner to prevent the potential for spreading blood-borne diseases. It also establishes specific requirements for body art facilities and practitioners, as well as limits requirements for mechanical piercing. Click here to view a copy of the new law.

Two sessions on the new law requirements were presented in June 2012 at the Department of Environmental Health headquarters in Kearny Mesa and one session was presented in July 2012 at the North County offices. If you missed these sessions, you can view the presentation by clicking here.

All practitioners will need to annually register with the Department of Environmental Health and complete Bloodborne Pathogen Training.  

Please check the Body Art Program  page for requirements and updates.