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Byelaws on acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis

This consultation is now closed.

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Overview

Bridgend County Borough Council is in the process of updating its controls on tattooing and ear piercing and is considering whether to adopt new model byelaws.

The proposed byelaws for Bridgend County Borough are based on model byelaws developed by the Welsh Government.


Background and information

Bridgend County Borough Council is in the process of updating its controls on tattooing and ear piercing and is considering whether to adopt new model byelaws.

The Bridgend County Borough Council believes that the proposed byelaws will ensure that the practices of cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin-colouring are regulated and that legal requirements are amended to improve hygiene conditions and infectious disease control measures implemented by the relevant industries. All practices included within the byelaws will require the practitioners and premises in which the practices are performed to be registered with the Local Authority.

The proposed byelaws for Bridgend County Borough are based on model byelaws developed by the Welsh Government.


Current situation

Our existing byelaws date back to the 1980’s, and do not cover body piercing or semi-permanent skin colouring, or allow us to require registered premises to meet modern hygiene standards. 

The need to pierce skin in the above mentioned practices can present a range of potential health risks to those undergoing them, and these can include:

  • Skin infections;
  • Allergic or toxic reactions to the substances used;
  • The transmission of blood borne viruses such as hepatitis or HIV.

The advantages of adopting these new byelaws are:

  • The public will be better protected from the potential health risks;
  • Businesses will be better protected from unfair trade from businesses that do not currently require registration and may not meet the required standards.

The consultation process

All businesses currently registered with Bridgend County Borough Council’s Public Protection Department to carry on the practice of acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing or electrolysis will be consulted on the proposed byelaws. We will then update this page with the consultation responses, and the next steps will be dependent on the outcome of that consultation. 

If we decide to adopt the new model byelaws, we will be publishing information in local newspapers and making a report to our Elected Members. Once all of the consultation and legal processes have been completed, it is anticipated that any new byelaws will come into force in January 2014. Most premises that are registered in Bridgend County Borough already meet the new standards – but they will be given until at least 1st of August 2015 to make any further changes needed.

Projected timetable for procedure and proposal implementation.

Activity

Date 

Response deadline

28 November 2014

Report to Cabinet on the outcomes of the consultation

9 December 2014

Potential implementation

1 January 2015

How to respond

This consultation period will begin on the 28 October 2014 and close on the 28 November 2014. You can respond or ask further questions in the following ways:

Tel: (01656) 643 643.
Email: PublicProtection@bridgend.gov.uk
Post: Public Protection, Legal and Regulatory Services, Bridgend County Borough Council,
Raven’s Court, Brewery Lane, Bridgend, CF31 4AP.

Alternative formats are also available upon request.

This consultation is now closed.

Don’t forget you can still have your say on improving council services by clicking here to join our citizens’ panel.

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