So you want to land a cleaning contract for a tattoo shop. That’s understandable, tattoo parlors are cool places. The artists are usually awesome to know, the work on display is amazing, and the pay is good. But is there anything in particular you need to be able to secure a contract with a tattoo shop?
It’s interesting that tattoo shops are treated nearly the same as medical facilities and doctor’s offices when it comes to cleaning standards. But it makes sense. Tattoo artists use needles to stab people between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. That’s a big deal.
If just a tiny bit of an unfriendly germ gets in one of those holes, that’s enough to cause an infection in that new wound. Because it’s a new wound and blood’s rushing around in there like crazy, the germ might be able to spread easier. That’s why OSHA has specific regulations for tattoo shops and artists and how clean they need to keep things.
Where Do You Come In?
A big part of following the rules set by OSHA rests on the artist, of course. Needles come in sealed and sterile packs. If the seal on those packs is broken, it’s up to the artist to toss them and get a different one. It’s also up to the artist to make sure their equipment stays clean, that the furniture stays wiped down between clients, that they wear gloves.
But you have a role to play, too. So here’s the part you need to know:
- Those chairs need to be sterile from top to bottom. When customers start coming in, the artist isn’t going to clean every inch. They’re likely going to wipe down where the last client sat, the parts of the chair where the new client will touch, etc. You, on the other hand, can clean the whole thing.
- The artist needs gloves and razors in easy reach of their work area. Every time they start with a new client or a glove tears, they need new ones. Every time there’s a bit of hair that needs to be shaved, they have to use a new razor. Plan on restocking those supplies.
- Watch the special trash cans, to make sure you don’t use them and to know when they’re getting full.
There are hazardous waste bins and sharps containers at all tattoo parlors. The former is for things that might get blood on them and need to be disposed of. The second is for needles. You shouldn’t have to interact with these things unless you have a license. Let me rephrase. Do not interact with these things unless you have a license. If they’re disposed of improperly the shop could get a fine, you could be out of the job, and someone might even get hurt really, really badly.
How Do You Land the Gig?
Show them what you know. Go in and talk about OSHA and the guidelines and that you can meet those standards. If you have experience working medical offices, definitely bring that up. These are things that are going to make a big impression on the owners of the parlor. Keep them in mind and you’ll have no trouble getting that contract.