Michigan: Bill May License Tattoo Parlors
September 26, 2007
The Michigan Department of Community Health would be put in charge of licensing tattoo parlors under a bill approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee and now being considered by the full Senate. The measure would also require local health departments to inspect the businesses on a yearly basis. Unsafe tattoo practices carry the risk of diseases including HIV, hepatitis B, tetanus, and tuberculosis.
Many tattoo artists have endorsed the measure. Also in favor is the American Red Cross (ARC), which sees the measure as a way to increase the potential pool of blood donors. The people most likely to get a tattoo -- 18- to 20-year-olds -- are also those most likely to donate blood, and federal law requires a one-year waiting period after a tattoo before a person can give blood. That provision, however, is waived if the donor can prove the tattoo was done at a state-licensed facility.
"From September to May, that's the chief donor pool," Sharon Jaksa, head of ARC-Great Lakes Region, said of school- and college-based blood drives. "On some of our blood drives, we'll have to defer up to 50 percent of the students who show up to donate."
The rules, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2009, stipulate:
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.