Body Piercing should be a fun and enjoyable experience, which enhances your life not curse it. We believe it is essential we take certain precautions to ensure our clients receive the very best in Sterilization. Some of our policies may seem a little "strict". Ultimately these policies are in place to keep everyone safe and happy. The following is our list of policies and standards related to the Piercinging Sterilization Process.
- Water treatment
- Water distiller
- "Point of process" sterilization.
- Universal precautions
- Spore testing
Water treatment Reverse Osmosis®
All water in the sterilization room is treated by Reverse Osmosis, also known as Hyper-filtration by the industry. It represents state-of-the-art in water treatment technology. Reverse Osmosis (RO) was developed in the late 1950's under U.S. Government funding, as a method of desalinating sea water. Today reverse osmosis has earned its name as the most convenient and thorough method to filter water. It is used by most water bottling plants, and by many industries that require ultra-refined water in manufacturing.
UV Light added extra protection
The UV disinfection system effectively destroys virtually all illness-causing microorganisms including E. coli bacteria, Giardia parasites, and swine/avian flu viruses without affecting the taste and odor of the water.
In theory, the reverse osmosis membrane already removes bacteria and viruses from our municipal water system (tap water) in the U.S. Chances are we don’t need a UV light on top of RO System. But we wanted to have extra protection, so we add the UV as an additional stage to disinfect our water.
A new wave breakthrough provides 99% pure fresh water. We protect our clients and our Autoclaves by using only pure fresh water in our shop. The distiller allows us to stop using tap water and risking damage to our equipment. Our water distiller uses a patented distillation technology that kills harmful bacteria and viruses by flash vaporizing water and then reconstituting it through condensation. The result is water that's 99% pure.
Our distiller purifies soft or hard water from any source including those that are spring fed or municipally piped. Safely and effectively it removes lead, copper, aluminum, arsenic, iron, nitrates, herbicides, pesticides, PCBs and more.
"Point of process" sterilization.
Sterilization used in the Piercing department is a revolutionary sterilization process that is relatively new to the body piercing industry. The equipment used to sterilize for your piercing is called a StatimClave. This state-of-the-art unit houses individual cassettes that will contain all items coming into contact with your body (needle, jewelry, forceps, etc.). This process doesn't require the use of pouches and allows your piercer to maintain "point of process" sterilization.
After you have made your jewelry selection, your cassette is assembled with everything needed for your piercing and then placed within the sterilizer. Once the sterilization cycle is complete, you will witness its opening. Along with the piercing supplies, this package contains an individual sterilization monitor strip called an integrators (which react to time, temperature and pressure) to monitor every autoclave load. This strip lets you and your piercer know that the items to be used have been properly sterilized. Also the StatIM is spore tested weekly to ensure that the sterilizing process is successful at all times.
All employees are trained in universal precautions as to protect both themselves, and their clientele, from the spread of disease.
What is spore testing?
Spore testing (biological sterilizer monitoring) works on the scientific theory that if the sterilization equipment kills the viable non-pathogenic microorganisms contained on each test strip, then it is capable of killing the weaker, yet dangerous blood borne pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B (HBV), that may be present on the instrumentation being sterilized. The spores used, Geobacillus, Stearothermophilus and Bacillus Atrophaeus, are harmless to humans. However they are difficult to kill via sterilization. These biological indicators serve as the industry standard determinant of sterilization equipment and procedural ability to achieve complete efficacy.
Blue Star Tattoos Inc. independent lab for spore testing is Enviro-Tech Laboratories, Inc.
Blue Star Tattoos In. is Contra Costa County Health Department Registered.