Body Art Policy Statements

One of NEHA’s responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members and the profession through the adoption of policy statements. These are statements that have been vetted by NEHA and adopted by the NEHA Board of Directors as official statements of the association. These statements set forth NEHA’s beliefs on a specific subject related to environmental health, and are shared with state, local and federal policy makers, including both the executive and legislative branches, as well as relevant environmental and public health boards.

These policies remain active for 3 years from their adoption by the NEHA Board.

NEHA Body Art Policy Statements

  • Body Art Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends legislation requiring that body artists are licensed and work in licensed facilities, standardized body art-specific training requirements for body artists and environmental health professionals, and adequate enforcement mechanisms for such requirements. NEHA advocates for health departments to adopt the most recent version of the Body Art Model Code. 
  • Ear Piercing Guns Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends that ear piercing gun use be held to the same standards as other piercing techniques as outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health. NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to ensure the practice of safe body art procedures.
  • Microblading Policy Statement
    • NEHA recommends that microblading and permanent cosmetic procedures be held to the same standards as other tattooing techniques as outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code to ensure safe body art procedures and to protect public health. NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to ensure the practice of safe body art procedures.

 

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