The piercing industry in New Zealand is poorly regulated.
Just because places are offering a service doesn't't mean the service is up to standard.
Hep C lives outside the body for up to 30 days on surfaces, the only sure way to kill the virus is autoclaving.
How many times do you change your gloves?
"three" should be the reply
Do you use an autoclave?
instruments, including scissors, should be autoclaved and packed in sterile bags between clients
Does your autoclave have a current service certificate?
this should be renewed once a year and displayed on the autoclave. This is a legal requirement
Do you use disposal needles ?
yes, what isn't autoclaved is one use and disposed of after each client
Do you pierce noses with a gun or needle?
a needle only, guns cannot be autoclaved and should never be used on noses. The risk of hep c or staph infections is huge
All these are in accordance with the Health Department Guidelines for safe piercing
For further information contact the Ministry of Health
or for safety tips