Tattoo Safety

Our Public Health Inspectors inspect tattoo studios in Brantford and Brant County and promote safe tattooing to help you stay healthy.

The Health Unit’s Inspection Reports provide quick and easy access to the results of tattoo studio inspections.

If getting a tattoo, be safe. Ask the artist:

  • Do you use only new sterilized needles?

  • Do you use new disposable ink caps and razors for each client?

  • Do you clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces?

  • Do you wash your hands and wear single-use disposable gloves?

  • Do you cover new tattoos with a protective bandage?

  • Do you give written after-care instructions?

See a doctor if your tattoo becomes hot, red, and painful.

Tattoo studios are now required to comply with Ontario Regulation 136/18 and follow the Guide to Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings, 3rd Edition.

Tattoo studios located in the City of Brantford must be licensed by the City’s licensing department. Contact the city at 519-759-4150 or visit 100 Wellington Square, Brantford to obtain your license.

If you have any questions, please call us at 519-753-4937 ext. 470.