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Dr. Wasserman Interviewed on Bob Salter show
Dr. Wasserman discusses sun safety for the summer months. Listen to Podcast to learn more.
Dentists Doing Dermatology?
NBC News reports on a growing trend involving family practictioners, gynecologists, and dentists performing cosmetic procedures, with dermatologists seeing the side effects. Watch their video to learn more.
Mandate Tattoo U for body inkers (YDR opinion)
Source: York Daily Record
THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (York Daily Record) — Pennsylvania requires practitioners of a wide variety of professions to hold licenses. The list includes accountants, barbers, real estate appraisers, crane operators, cosmetologists, masseuses, and many others.
The state, though, does not require tattoo artists to be licensed.
Anyone with tattooing equipment can set up shop and begin inking people.
In case you don't know, the process of getting a tattoo involves piercing the skin repeatedly with a needle. And in case you don't know why that could be problematic, it provides a pretty good vehicle for delivering a number of bad things, from run-of-the-mill infections to hepatitis to HIV.
The fact that the state doesn't regulate and license the practice - which, as you know, is enjoying some pretty widespread popularity - is a major oversight. It's nutty that the state would regulate and require licensure for cosmetologists but not tattoo artists who are piercing their clients' skin. Nail salons have to pass state inspections, but tattoo parlors don't.
Medical organizations - including the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery - have called for regulation for years, to no avail.
Many other states have regulations governing tattoo artists. In Pennsylvania, the only law on the books regarding the practice requires parental consent before those under 18 can get inked.
Proposals to regulate the industry are regularly introduced in the state Legislature. Last session, a measure introduced by state Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-East Stroudsburg, passed the House with bipartisan support but died when the Senate declined to take action and the legislative session ended.
Surprisingly, the notion of regulating and licensing tattoo artists has support among a number of tattoo artists. Eric Van Dar, owner of Elite Tattoo in Chambersburg, for instance, has been trying to persuade the state to adopt regulations and require licensure.
He is licensed in Virginia, and that state requires tattoo artists to submit three years of tax documents, references and photos of their work. Tattoo artists also have to pass a criminal background check, a blood test and complete first aid and bloodborne pathogen courses. And then they have to pass a written test.
That's the model Pennsylvania should follow.
Rep. Brown's proposal would grant the state Health Department the right to regulate and license body art businesses, and those regulations could include a number of the requirements from other states. The proposal also would require the Health Department to conduct annual inspections of tattoo parlors to make sure they are in compliance with safety regulations.
As Mr. Van Dar said, "The public has a right to make sure they're safe."
Couldn't have said it any better ourselves.