Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Tattoo Studios Opening After Coronavirus/COVID-19

There has now been a date announced for the opening of tattoo studios following the COVID-19 lockdown, along with government guidance for working safely in close contact services. Tattoo studios can ensure that they have an up to date Health and Safety risk assessment form filled out in preparation for opening.

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 Saftey Executive’s template form.

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. This can be printed off and kept in the studio should you have an inspection from your local environmental health officer.

When can tattoo studios open after Coronavirus lockdown?

Most 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, today the UK government announced that tattoo studios are allowed to open on Monday 13th July 2020 following the COVID-19 lockdown. This includes studios that offer tattoo laser removal, piercing, and other close contact services such as beauty salons.

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.

Risk Assessment Form for Tattoo Studio – Artists

Company name:   Your studio name
Assessment carried out by:   Your name

Date assessment was carried out: 01/07/2020
Date of next review: On 1st of each month

What are the hazards?

COVID-19

Who might be harmed and how?

Tattoo artist

What are you already doing to control the risks?

Restricting access to one client at a time with no additional people allowed in.

Allowing 30 minutes between appointments for thorough cleaning and sanitising of all equipment.

Appointments only, no walk-ins.

Face shield, face covering, gloves, and all PPE worn at all times.

Ensure social distancing between artists working in the studio.

Ensure the correct placement of chairs and equipment to allow social distancing for artists and clients.

Ensure the workspace is set out to allow access to the toilet and restroom/break area with social distancing.

Mark floor areas where practicable to show traffic flow.

Take payments online where possible.

Check the client isn’t feeling unwell and doesn’t have a raised temperature prior to appointment.

What further action do you need to take to control the risks?

None at present.

Who needs to carry out the action?

Tattoo artist

When is the action needed by?

Immediate

Done?

Yes

.

Risk Assessment Form for Tattoo Studio – Clients

Company name:   Your studio name
Assessment carried out by:   Your name

Date assessment was carried out: 01/07/2020
Date of next review: On 1st of each month

What are the hazards?

COVID-19

Who might be harmed and how?

Clients

What are you already doing to control the risks?

Ensure the tattoo artists wear all PPE.

Ensure all equipment and surfaces are sterilized prior to the client arriving.

Schedule appointments so that clients for different artists arrive at staggered times.

Instruct all clients to arrive at the time of the appointment.

Studio doors will be locked during appointment time to prevent walk-ins.

Clients are not to bring friends or family along for the appointment.

Encourage all clients to wear a face covering.

What further action do you need to take to control the risks?

None at present.

Who needs to carry out the action?

Tattoo artist

When is the action needed by?

Immediate

Done?

Yes

.

Risk Assessment Form for Tattoo Studio – Artists/clients

Company name:   Your studio name
Assessment carried out by:   Your name

Date assessment was carried out: 01/07/2020
Date of next review: On 1st of each month

What are the hazards?

COVID-19

Who might be harmed and how?

Tattoo artists/clients

What are you already doing to control the risks?

Minimise deliveries to once a week if possible.

If multiple deliveries are expected, try to have them delivered to an alternative address.

If multiple artists are working in the studio, stagger arrival times, and avoid public transport where possible.

Whilst records are already kept for all clients, ensure they are easily accessible for track and trace if required.

Have hand sanitiser available at the entrance to the studio and ensure everyone entering the building uses it.

What further action do you need to take to control the risks?

None at present.

Who needs to carry out the action?

Tattoo artist

When is the action needed by?

Immediate

Done?

Yes

.
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.

UK Government Health and Safety risk assessment template form HERE

Read the UK Government working safely guidance for close contact services HERE

Read more information on managing risk HERE

template of a COVID-19 risk assessment form for tattoo studios opening after lockdown. The form has a pale pink banner at the top with HSE logo and a 7 column box with a deep red colour header box
Example of a filled-in COVID-19 risk assessment form

2 thoughts on “Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Tattoo Studios Opening After Coronavirus/COVID-19

  1. Oh wow, these are incredible, Jo! So helpful to give an idea of what needs to be in place and it takes a little stress off if the risk assessment is already drafted out like this. I think that staff wearing PPE at all times, including visors, would make me feel a little safer. I wish staff in supermarkets would wear a mask and visor too because they seem to be the worst sometimes (shouting across at colleagues, pushing up past customers). I’d hope that clients going in for a tat would comply a ware a face covering or mask too, and they could be advised of the need/recommendation on the phone or online at the time of booking. xx

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