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NY Law To Require Single-Use Needles For Tattooing, Piercing

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New York will soon require single-use needles and inks by tattoo and piercing studios. A new law will also require customers to sign consent forms stating the materials were sterile and unpackaged in front of them.

Legislative sponsors say there are no current rules holding tattoo and piercing specialists accountable for materials used, while diseases can be easily spread when needles and ink are re-used.

State law currently requires permits for studios and individual artists and prohibits tattooing or piercing minors under 18 without the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Signed consent forms would have to be kept for seven years.  Signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the new law is scheduled to take effect in 120 days.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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