Once approval to open a facility or perform body art at an registered facility the city still has to ensure that public health is protected. We do this through inspections, enforcement and license renewal. The following information should help explain what one can expect to encounter:
To determine compliance with city and state regulations routine inspections are conducted annually. These inspections are generally unannounced and take about an hour. The health department checks for sanitary conditions and control measures, the artist’s knowledge of disease transmission and efforts they can take to reduce contamination, and compliance with administrative requirements. For a more complete list of items the health department will look at during your inspection and to ensure your facility is on track use this Self-inspection Checklist for Body Art Operations (PDF).
When initially applying for a Body Art Technician Permit, and then every other year prior to renewing your city permit, Artist Inspections are conducted. The goal of these inspections is to provide an educational opportunity for both the health department and the artist. The health department observes the artist with a client to ensure proper sanitation controls are used as well as intake and aftercare procedures are followed. These inspections are generally scheduled in advance when the work performed will not take longer than 1 hour since the goal of the inspection is to observe from start to finish. If a facility has multiple artists these can be scheduled at the same time.
Understanding your Inspection Report
The health department is required to use the state's inspection form for all routine, complaint and follow-up inspections and then submit a copy of the report to the state once completed. Access a sample of this inspection form (PDF).
- It is a 54 item checklist
- These items are categorized as either minor, serious or critical violations. Critical Items will be bold, italicized or shaded, Serious violations swill be bold and underlined.
- Observations will be written out with the corresponding item number to the left of them
- A time frame to correct shall also be listed
- On the back of the report a chart indicates what section of the State Code/Act was in violation. Ordinance violations, not addressed by the State Code/Act, will be written out.
Timelines for Correction
- Critical Violations - Correction must begin immediately
- Serious Violations - Violations must be corrected within 5 days
- Minor Violations - Violations must be corrected within 30 days
Critical Violations are likely to have the following immediate consequences:
- Cessation of certain activities / procedures that are a concern to public health and safety
- Equipment / Supplies Embargoed
- Prohibit personnel from working
- Closure of facility
- Citations Issued
Serious and Minor Violations if not corrected within the appropriate time will be issued a citation.
Repetitive violations can be used as cause for an administrative hearing to revoke city permits for both the facility and the artist.
Exclusion Due to Communicable Disease
It is the health department's right to exclude any or all operators/apprentices from an establishment who are responsible, or appear to be responsible, for the transmission of a communicable disease until the department determines there is no further risk to public health.
Unlicensed Operations / Artists
- Cease Operations / Embargo Equipment and supplies
- Citations Issued
- Application Fees Doubled
- State certificates are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. IDPH will send out renewal applications to the address listed on your certificate. You must send the application and fee (PDF) back to them prior to your expiration date. It is your responsibility to ensure it is current. Call 217-785-2439 with any concerns.
- East Moline Facility permits do not have to be renewed unless the facility closes, changes owner or the permit is revoked. The permit is good only for that location and owner listed - it is not transferable.
Body Art Technician Renewal
- Body Art Technician permits are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. The city will send out renewal applications to the address on file. You must send the application and feeback to them prior to your expiration date. It is your responsibility to ensure it is current. Call 309-752-1538 with any concerns.
- Letting your permit lapse will require going through the background check process again.
- Current Bloodborne Pathogen certificate must be submitted with the renewal application.
- Health screen reports must be resubmitted if anything has changed or if the report on file is over 2 years old