Infections from tattooing are scary and life threatening. Everything from Hepatitis to staph infections, and even MRSA the superbug, have been linked to tattoos. Dirty needles and unsanitary conditions are often to blame. That's why tattoo and body piercing establishments are required to be licensed and inspected by the local board of health. Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701.9 was established to provide minimum standards which all tattoo and body piercing operators must follow.

Registered Sanitarians at the Fairfield County Health Department conduct annual facility inspections at all body art establishments in the county. Inspections are also conducted in response to reported complaints.

As required by the OAC, persons performing body art services must have appropriate training: knowledge of sterilization, first aid and standard precautions for preventing transmission of blood borne pathogens and other infectious diseases.