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Every piercing procedure generates biohazardous waste.
Trust in the sterilisation processes used by your piercing studio is paramount to your health and safety. Universal precautions are practiced at Piercing HQ, which means our sterilisation procedures are strong enough to withstand the assumption that "everyone has everything" safety mandate. Knowing what to look for is important, so we thought we'd share how the professionals do it.
Many of the tools we use in a piercing procedure are not disposable, so what happens to them between each client is really important - especially if the next client is YOU.
Staff Preparation for Contaminated Tools Processing
Autoclave sterilisation is the only guaranteed method that will ensure ALL bacteria and viruses are effectively neutralised on used tools.
There are two main types of autoclaves used in the piercing industry.
At Piercing HQ the chamber autoclave is the FIRST autoclave that is used to process contaminated tools.
If a piercing studio only has a chamber autoclave then everything is usually sealed into autoclave pouches after it is washed and processed. This is a combination plastic/paper pouch that - when stored correctly - maintains the sterility of the item inside until it is opened. Cotton buds, corks, jewellery, tools, needles etc would all be put in autoclave pouches and sterilised prior to use.
Ensure that all packages are opened in front of you if the studio you are in uses the "packaged system".
At Piercing HQ we do not package our tools/disposables prior to use, as they are sterilised again in another style of autoclave called a cassette or Statim autoclave as needed. This takes away the risk of incorrectly stored or damaged packaging which renders the item inside unsterile.
Instead, everything is packed into a Statim cassette immediately prior to use, which negates any of the risks associated with using packaged items. The sterilisation cycle of the Statim Autoclave for our purposes is 7 minutes. Most clients don't even notice this wait time as they are completing paper work etc whilst this is happening.
Cassette loaded for an eyebrow piercing.
Everything inside the cassette remains sterile until it is opened - in front of the client.
The details of each Statim cycle are recorded for every client in order to maintain a sterilisation record in case it is needed for future reference.
So whilst it is not mandatory to sterilise used tools twice before reusing, it is very important that packaged tools are handled carefully to ensure the integrity of the package is preserved for tool sterility.
We hope this little article has helped you understand more about the sterilisation process that goes on behind the scenes to look after you at Piercing HQ - each and every time.
We had the pleasure of looking after Trev yesterday. He was a wonderful client and we hope he receives many years of enjoyment from his new genital piercings. WELL DONE Trev. Kudos to YOU!!!
I just wanted to say thank you very much for everything today. You and Paulus are amazing at what you do. The customer service and the professionalism at Piercing HQ is second to none. I am extremely happy with how everything went and could not recommend your studio enough. Both you and Paulus done well attending to my every need so thanks for your patience, understanding, light humour, and advice to help get me through all 4 of my dydoes. Kindest regards,
Wishing everyone a safe and fun New Year. We are taking a short break but will be back again on Friday from 12.00 Our phones are on divert as always so if you need us, or would like to make a booking, please call. 9419 7707