COLEMAN: Alberta Health has closed an unapproved piercing facility in Coleman because
proper sterilization processes were not in place. The Victor
Proctor body piercing operation was discovered during a routine
inspection of the Tommy Gun Tattoo shop.
If you received a piercing from the Victor Proctor operation, you need to be
tested for viruses can may have been spread through unsanitary piercing
procedures. A simple blood tests can determine whether an individual has been
infected. You should contact Alberta Health Services at 403-388-6664 to
arrange for testing.
*** It's important to note, the operation closure and testing notice
applies ONLY to the Victor Proctor operation and not to Tommy Gun Tattoos.
According to Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health, AHS South Zone,
"To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used
in piercing, and other procedures where the skin is broken, must be cleaned,
disinfected, and sterilized according to health standards, or be a single-use
AHS public health officials became aware of the Victor Proctor piercing
operation during a routine AHS inspection of the Tommy Gun Tattoo shop.
To confirm that any tattoo, piercing, or related operation, is inspected
and approved, call AHS Environmental Public Health. All
closure orders issued by AHS are posted: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/3150.asp
(click on "South" to see those in the South Zone). People are also encouraged
to ask any piercing or tattoo operation for a copy of the facility's most recent
Health Inspection Report.
Important questions when getting a tattoo or piercing:
-- Is the
tattooing or piercing area separate from all dining, washroom, kitchen, lounge
or sleeping areas?
--Is the location clean and in good repair, with smooth washable equipment
--Does the operator only use single-use, disposable equipment?
-- Does the operator have suitable equipment for sterilization, including an
autoclave for reusable items?
-- Is the equipment wrapped in plastic, and is the plastic changed after
-- Does the operator use proper containers for the safe disposal of
-- Are all linens changed after every client?
-- Does the operator wash hands thoroughly with soap and water at a separate
hand washing sink before and after each client?
-- Does the operator wear disposable gloves that are changed between every
-- Does the operator wear clean clothing?
-- Does the operator refrain from smoking, drinking and eating while
tattooing or piercing?
-- Did you sign a consent form prior to tattooing or piercing?
-- Did you receive written and verbal instructions regarding the care of your
-- Did you provide your contact information to the operator for their
-- Can the piercing or tattoo operator provide you with a copy of their most
recent Health Inspection Report?