Environmental Health managers in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties are reaching out to microblading artists to encourage them to apply for permits.
In May, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill permitting microblading – temporary cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows – as a legal form of tattooing. The bill was signed into law and took effect July 1. Previously, the practice of microblading was prohibited under Georgia law.
Environmental Health offices in all eight Coastal Health District counties have locally adopted tattoo rules to help eliminate public health risk factors, confirm sanitization practices, ensure after-care instructions are provided for clients and minimize risk of disease.
Microblading now falls within those rules. As with traditional tattoo artists, microbladers will have to abide by certain regulations to get permitted.
“Our No. 1 goal is to make sure that anyone performing microblading is following procedures that will help protect the health of those receiving services,” said Coastal Health District Environmental Health Director Brant Phelps. “Microbladers can now apply for permits through their local environmental health office and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.”
For more information on the new law, go to legis.ga.gov/legislation. Contact information for local environmental health offices can be found at gachd.org/eh.