[Updated 25th February 2021]
This document was originally produced in July to provide a sample health and safety risk assessment form for tattoo studios opening following the first COVID-19 lockdown. It is regularly updated with the latest government rulings in relation to studios being allowed to open for tattoo, piercing and laser removal services. Tattoo studios should ensure that they have an up to date Health and Safety risk assessment form filled out in preparation for opening and inspection.
I have used government guidance to fill out a new risk assessment form that minimises Coronavirus risks to tattoo artists, studio workers, and customers. I have included that information below along with links to the 42-page government guidance, and the Health and Safety Executive’s template form.
If you work in a tattoo studio, you are more than welcome to copy and paste the criteria listed below into your own form, or modify it where necessary to suit your studio needs. The form can be printed off and kept in the studio should you have an inspection from your local environmental health officer. Please do not duplicate this post online, however, you are more than welcome to link to this article from your own website.
When can tattoo studios open after Coronavirus/Covid-19 lockdown?
Following the first UK lockdown, tattoo studios were all prepared to return to work at the beginning of July 2020 and were astounded that the government did not include them in the list of non-essential shops allowed to open on the 4th.
However, the UK government later announced that tattoo studios could open on Monday 13th July 2020 following the COVID-19 lockdown. This included studios that offer tattoo laser removal, piercing, and other close contact services such as beauty salons.
Second Lockdown and Tier System
England went into a second lockdown later in the year, and tattoo studios, laser removal, piercing and beauty parlours again had to close from 00.01 on Thursday 5th November 2020 until Wednesday 2nd December 2020 all across England.
A tier system was then introduced by area. On 20th December 2020 all tattoo studios in tier 4 had to close again, but studios in tiers 1, 2 and 3 were allowed to remain open.
On 3rd January 2021, the government announced a further lockdown with a stay at home message and only essential businesses were allowed to remain open. A roadmap to easing lockdown has been released this week and it is planned that tattoo, piercing and laser removal studios will open again on 12th April 2021, alongside hairdressers, beauty salons and barbers. This is providing that all criteria is met nearer the time, and subject to change.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Island set their own lockdown restrictions and may not be allowed to open due to the country’s restriction.
Risk assessment details for tattoo studios opening after Covid-19
Most tattoo studios have already modified their working space to ensure it is COVID-19 secure for both artists and customers, but you will need to add additional clauses to your Health and Safety Risk Assessment.
Studios with fewer than 5 employees, and the self-employed, are not currently required to have a written risk assessment, however, you may be required to demonstrate that you have carried out a risk assessment prior to opening in the event of an incident. You should also check whether your studio insurance will now require a written risk assessment.
In either case, it is good practice to have a written risk assessment form on file.
This is a risk assessment created for a tattoo studio with two artists based on their studio layout. You will need to create a risk assessment that suits your studio’s needs. Feel free to copy and paste these points into your own risk assessment template, or modify it to suit your own tattoo studio’s needs.
Bear in mind this is a new situation for all of us and we are sharing our own risk assessment to try and help others. Please let us know if you have any further thoughts or points that you think need adding that we may not have thought of.
You can read further government guidance in the links below where you can also find the ready-made template for a risk assessment form to fill in and print off.