Information about the scheme
The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme, and is supported by the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and delivered by local authorities.
Participation in the scheme is by application. Premises participating in the scheme do so on a voluntary basis and may withdraw from it at any time. Participating premises and local authorities will be bound by the rules of the scheme.
Participating premises will be given a rating following their programmed inspection, which can be displayed on the premises in certificate form and in the window in sticker form. The premises will be re-rated on a programmed basis, but may be re-rated before the programmed inspection visit at the request of the operator of the premises and the discretion of the relevant local authority.
A comprehensive list of current tattoo hygiene ratings for all premises participating in the scheme will be displayed on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website and on our website. You can also follow the schemes Twitter feed - @TattooHygiene
Objectives of the scheme
The objectives of the THRS are:
- Inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection,
- Drive up standards and adoption of best practise across the industry
- Reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious disease from tattooing procedures
Operation of the scheme
This scheme compliments the registration scheme under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and in all cases the requirements of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 take precedence over the requirements of the THRS.
How to apply
Please send downloaded/printed applications to the following address:
Occupational Health and Safety Team,
Cheltenham Borough Council,
Or if you prefer, email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for revisit
The Cheltenham Borough Council fees for the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme are as follows:
Inspection and rating of premises: £100
Annual inspection of premises: £100
Re-rating of premises upon request from business: £50