Albany council raises health concerns over illegal tattooing and beauty salon waste dumping
A leaked letter revealed concern from a Western Australian council over the illegal dumping of toxic waste from tattoo and beauty parlours.
- Leaked letter revealed skin penetration company was dumping toxic waste
- City of Albany Says Proper Waste Disposal Is Essential
- Health Ministry says dumping can spread blood-borne diseases
The ABC saw correspondence from the city of Albany warning businesses to properly dispose of their waste.
The letter said there had been complaints from residents about a skin-penetrating business disposing of its waste improperly.
The city of Albany says the perpetrator has been identified and the case has been resolved.
The council told people that following proper waste management to eliminate hazards was “essential”.
However, he would not reveal the name of the company in question.
Skin penetration is a general term encompassing procedures for cutting into human flesh, such as ink work, piercing, and 3D body art.
Certain beauty therapies such as waxing and shaving, and health practices such as acupuncture also fall into this category.
The procedures pose health risks and there are strict infection control regulations to stop the spread of blood-borne diseases.
Viral infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, bacterial infections such as staph and fungal infections can be transmitted through improper disposal of waste.
Operators of these businesses must obtain approval from the authorities and must comply with skin penetration legislation.
The WA Health Department told ABC that clinical waste could include sharps, human tissue waste, laboratory waste, animal waste and any blood or bodily fluids.
A spokesperson said ‘sharps should be disposed of in a hard plastic container and labelled’.
“Other clinical waste should be double bagged and labeled appropriately,” the spokesperson said.
“Clinical waste, even if properly labelled, should not be disposed of in a public place as this could damage the bags and expose the contents.”
Repression of illegal acts
City of Albany public health and safety official Scott Reitsema said the matter was taken up directly with the company in question and a letter was sent to all skin penetration companies. , reminding them of the need to be vigilant when disposing of their waste.
“Public trash cans are provided for the convenience of the public and to minimize waste in public spaces,” Mr. Reitsema said.
“It is an offense to deposit commercial or household waste in public trash cans.
“The use of public trash cans is monitored by the City of Albany and misuse may result in a fine.”
The council did not disclose when the illegal dumping happened, where it was found, what was found or how many complaints have been received.
The letter was sent to companies in July.