A specialist make-up artist who undertook illegal semi-permanent skin-colouring at her customers’ homes has been prosecuted following an investigation by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
Semi-permanent skin colouring is a procedure very similar to tattooing. The colouring is inserted into a persons’ skin with a needle, and is said to last for three to five years.
Allison Scane was prosecuted for failing to register herself as a semi-permanent skin-colouring specialist and thereby avoiding Environmental Health Officers inspections designed to safeguard the public against infection.
Scane, aged 49, of High Street, Porth, had been practicing since 2008. She pleaded guilty to the offence at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court and was fined £200 with costs of £150 and victim surcharge of £20.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said, said: “As tattoos and other skin piercings have become more fashionable, we are seeing a rise in the number of people offering the service.
“The law requires all practitioners to register with the Council so that Environmental Health Officers can check that they are operating safely, but we are discovering more and more unregistered operators who have never been checked.
“We hope this case will serve as a warning to other unregistered practitioners and encourage them to register and seek advice on how to comply with the law and safeguard their clients.
“Also this once again flags up an important issue to the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf, so they can avoid such illegal practices and make informed, safe choices when it comes to having a tattoo or semi-permanent skin colouring.”
The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended by the Local Government Act 2003) requires that semi-permanent skin colouring practitioners are registered with the local authority in whose area they operate. The practitioner must register themselves with the Council and the premises at which they practice to ensure they are regularly inspected and meet strict standards.
As with tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring must be undertaken in a safe environment that doesn’t risk infection as blood and body fluids are released posing a risk of blood borne virus transmission.
Registered premises are required to comply with local byelaws and a variety of health and safety legislation designed to ensure the premises are operating safely with minimal risk to the clients visiting them.
Following registration the practitioner and premises will be subject to routine inspections to ensure that the operation is undertaken in a safe and hygienic manner and poses a minimal risk of infection to both the practitioner and their clients.