County Manager William Wilson Jr., explained any ordinance adopted by the Board of Health automatically becomes part of county code, so the commissioners did not have to vote on the changes made by the Board of Health.
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners is scheduled to take on the first reading of the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
According to William Johnston III, attorney for the Board of Health, the purpose of the ordinance is to adopt “reasonable standards for individuals performing body art procedures and the facilities from and at which the procedures are provided.”
He explained the standards “are designed to promote the health and safety of all individuals performing and receiving body art services as well as the public at large.”
Body art includes body piercing, tattooing, scarification and cosmetic tattooing. It does not include medical procedures, piercing of the outer part of the ear or lobe and does not include the painting of the skin with tempera or temporary, non-indelible inks, paints or dyes.
The regulations include requiring use of single-use sterile materials, sterilization of non-disposable instruments and “body art shall not be allowed to occur in automobiles, mobile, transitory, or other non-fixed facilities. Such non-fixed facilities include mobile homes, tents, recreational vehicles, and trailers.”
Body artists, according to the ordinance, “shall not be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while performing body art procedures.”
This also applies to customers. as the ordinance states, “No person shall perform body art procedures on an individual who is or reasonably appears to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other stimulants or depressants, or is of unsound mind or body.”
Artists and those receiving the services must also be 18 years of age or older. Those under the age of 18 cannot get tattooed but for piercings, those under 18 must have parental consent form signed by a parent or guardian in the presence of the artist to pierced.