Hi I’m self researching during my apprenticeship on when to turn clients away from appointments and finding it hard to gain any information on when a client poses a risk to an artist. There’s loads out there on the practices and industry cause risks to clients but none visa versa. I’m talking medical history and personal hygiene and also legally in these circumstances. For example do I have the right to turn away someone with head lice? Symptoms of ringworm? Bed bugs? Psoriasis? Even if they aren’t within the areas being directly tattooed. I would hate to offend or make anyone feel they weren’t being allowed the same experiences or freedom to be tattooed as someone with a clean history but is there a comprehensive list of parasite,skin condition,viral condition, allergies that are just too high risk for us as artists?
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Hi Roxy, you can basically turn down any client you want. If you don’t feel safe with a client or don’t feel the right “vibe”, not to mention serious illnesses that could harm you. You are free to refuse your services at any time without reason. As you should work cleanly and take care to work hygienically, the risk of getting infected should be very low. Always make sure you wear your gloves when touching the client, use PPE when necessary and clean your tools as you should. You should also dispose of your consumables correctly, as you learn in your apprenticeship. If you are tattooing in best tattoo hygiene practice, the risk should be kept to a minimum.
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