Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Body Piercing Laws Take Effect Thursday

New Body Piercing Laws Take Effect Thursday
Body piercing is very popular among young people these days but parents wonder who is wathcing out to make sure it’s done right and safely.
Right now, nobody is, but that’s about to change.
Anyone can perform body piercing in Kentucky without registering with state health officials and there’s no safeguards to stop anyone from performing piercings on minors but starting Thursday the state is cracking down and legitimate piercing parlors said they couldn’t be happier.
Chelsie Iscoe considers herself a piercing expert.
She is a professional body peircer at Mother’s in Covington and has perfromed hundreds of piercings, it is something she takes very seriously.
“Pretty much you’re taking somebody else’s life in your hands and your own as well,” said Iscoe.
Kentucky health officials agree. That’s why starting Thursday, they’re requiring the registration and certification of all piercing studio’s and body piercers.
Even if you’re just getting you’re ears pierced health officials said you should now make sure that business is certified.
“There are diseases that can result from piercing operations, anytime the skin is broken,” said John Merkle, Kenton County Health Department.
“Everything touching you today is coming out of sterile packaging. Here’s my little indicators showing you that everything has been properly cleaned,” said Iscoe.
Piercing studios will have to display proof of registration and undergo inspections, health officials will check to make sure facilities are kept clean and safe and equipment is sterilized.
“If they’re not pulling out packages, if they’ve got the tools laid out in front of you before you even get back there, that’s a bad sign,” Merkle said.
Iscoe said anyone performing a piercing should wear gloves and change them several times during each piercing.
And starting Thursday anyone under the age of 18 must provide notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian before getting pierced.
Iscoe said that’s just common sense.
“It’s not a fashion statement, it’s a personal change. You’re altering your body,” Iscoe said.
Ohio and Indiana already have state regulations for body piercing.