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Date added: 04/09/2017 Face Masks for Cosmetic Tattooing

We have had a number of enquiries from technicians about which types of face masks are most suitable for use by the majority of Cosmetic Tattooists and requests for our opinion if the transparent mouth shields (partial shields) that have recently found their way into the market place are suitable PPE for skin penetration / cosmetic tattooing services, hopefully this publication will clarify the situation.

The Standards

In December 2015, Standards Australia published AS 4381: 20151 which is an updated version of the standard for single-use face masks for use in health care, the new standard is intended to harmonise with the North American standard ASTM F2100-11 and European standard (EN) 14683. Products which are supplied in Australia need to comply with AS 4381: 2015 if they purport to provide the protections described within the standard.


Level of Protection

Manufacturers of surgical face masks may describe their products as having Level 1-3 protection depending on the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE), Particulate Filtration (PF), Differential Pressure (DP), and Fluid Resistance (FR). Broadly speaking we can describe the 3 levels as per the following;

Level 1 - BFE ≥ 95% (0.1μm), DP < 4.0 mm H2O/cm2, PF (N/A), FR 80mm Hg
e.g. For general purpose procedures, where the wearer is not at risk of blood or bodily fluid droplet or splash.

Level 2 - BFE ≥ 98% (0.1μm), DP < 5.0 mm H2O/cm2, PF (N/A), FR 120mm Hg
e.g. For procedures where minimal blood droplet exposure may possibly occur.

Level 3 - BFE ≥ 98% (0.1μm), DP < 5.0 mm H2O/cm2, PF (N/A), FR 160mm Hg
Procedures where there is a risk of blood or bodily fluid splash.

Over time the use of a surgical facemask by healthcare workers has changed focus away from protection of the patient and towards the protection of the healthcare staff 2,3, depending on the type the modern use of surgical face marks may help to protect both the cosmetic tattoo technician and the client from a number of risks, the examples below illustrate how different types of risk can be managed with different levels of mask protection;

  • Risk of transmission of minor respiratory infections from the client to the technician - e.g. Level 1 Mask.
  • Risk of minor respiratory infections from the technician to the client - e.g. Level 2 Mask (higher Differential Pressure for coughing/sneezing etc).
  • Risk of transmission BBCD from client to technician via minimal blood droplet exposure (adequate for most cosmetic tattoo services) - e.g. Level 2 Mask (higher Bacterial Filtration Efficiency and Fluid Resistance).
  • Risk of transmission BBCD from client to technician via minimal blood splash exposure (cosmetic tattoo services with some machine types e.g. coils4) - e.g. Level 3 Mask (higher Fluid Resistance).

You can see from the above that the protection provided by the use of surgical face masks is largely dependant upon the filtration capacity and fluid resistance of the mask and the selection of protection level is dependant on the type of procedure and risk assessment of the procedure.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are transparent mouth shields a suitable alternative to disposable surgical face masks for cosmetic tattoo services?

A: We do not recommend the use of Transparent Mouth Shield's (TMS) in place of disposable surgical face masks for the following reasons;

  1. Most TMS products that we have encountered appear to focus on the fashionability, comfort, anti-fog and ease of use characteristics rather than the primary purpose of a surgical mask i.e. bacterial filtration and fluid resistance.
  2. We have not seen a TMS product that states it is in compliance with AS 4381: 2015.
  3. We have not seen any TMS product that has approvals or exemptions from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
  4. Most TMS products are promoting re-use (increases risk of fomite mediated cross contamination).
  5. We have seen no credible evidence that a TMS product affords the same level of protection as a surgical face mask that is compliant with AS 4381: 2015.

Transparent Mouth Sheilds
Not Compliant with AS 4381: 2015

NB. Transparent mouth shield's should not be confused / compared with with full face shields which are sometimes used in high risk procedures in conjunction with Level 3 surgical face masks.


Q:
What type of mask do the experts in disease control recommend?

A: The closest occupation where expert disease control advice is available for the use of personal protective equipment is from within the health care sector, cosmetic tattoo services have similar risks as the risks to health care workers during wound care and skin penetration procedures. The USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide the following succinct information for the selection and use of face masks;

CDC: "Masks should fully cover the nose and mouth and prevent fluid penetration. Masks should fit snugly over the nose and mouth. For this reason, masks that have a flexible nose piece and can be secured to the head with string ties or elastic are preferable."

Incorrect Use of a Face Mask
Incorrect use of a facemask
Incorrect Use Defeats the Purpose of Use


Q:
Which type of mask is most suitable for cosmetic tattoo services?

A: This depends on the type of equipment being used, in most circumstances a Level 2 Mask is probably adequate but some equipment may expose the technician to greater risk of splashes of blood and bodily fluids in which case a Level 3 mask or N95 respirator (if aerosol particles are suspected). Regardless of your assessment of the risk for your procedures and the Level of mask that you chose it is important that the mask complies with AS 4381: 2015

References

  1. Single-use face masks for use in health care AS 4381: 2015
  2. Allyson Lipp. The effectiveness of surgical face masks: what the literature shows. Nursing Times 30 September 2003 Vol 99 No 39
  3. D.R. Darby RN - Australian Registered Health Practitioner & A.J. Darby CMI, Master Medical Tattooist. Personal Protective Equipment - Are You Covered? CosmeticTattoo.org Educational Articles 21/01/2014
  4. Weber, A. et al (1993) Aerosol penetration and leakage characteristics of masks used in the health care industry. American Journal of Infection Control; 21: 4, 167–173
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Healthcare Settings.

Date of most recent revision: 05/09/2017 (mutatis mutandis)
Original publication date: 04/09/2017


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Date added: 07/06/2017 Trial: Flat Rate Shipping

Shipping charges at CTshop.com.au include the following costs that we incur;

Packaging - includes boxes, tapes, internal padding (bubble wraps, paper, internal boxes for small items etc). We tend to over package all orders to protect the products in the mail as parcels may be abused depending on the care of your local delivery man.

Postage - The postal cost is calculated at checkout based on the weight of items in the cart and the destination post code and the type of postage chosen e.g. standard postage or express.

Extras (if selected) - Signature, Insurance etc

Time - This involves the preparation of orders at varying times of the day and night to carefully pick, pack and dispatch each order as quickly as possible.

When taking all of the above costs into consideration and customer purchase patterns we have decided to introduce a Shipping Trial Period subsidising flat rate shipping for all our customers and rewarding customers for placing larger orders. During the 60 day trial period the following shipping options will be available at the checkout;

Australian Shipping Addresses

Flat Rate: Regular Parcel (Including Insurance) - $15.50
Orders Over $500 Free Regular Shipping

Flat Rate: Express Parcel (Including Insurance Signature Not Required) - $20.00

Flat Rate: Express Parcel (Including Insurance Signature Required) - $23.00

International Shipping Address

Flat Rate: Regular Parcel International (Including Insurance Signature Required) - $35.00
Orders Over $500 Free Shipping

Flat Rate: Express Parcel International (Including Insurance Signature Required) - $55.00


At the end of the trail period we may decide to extend the offer if it is viable to do so and customers have made good use of the subsidised shipping offer.

We hope you enjoy our new Flat Rate Shipping Options.

NB. Unfortunately due to contractual restrictions imposed by the manufacturer we are unable to ship Amiea products outside of Australia (a few exceptions apply to our students), if you are placing an order for amiea products please ensure that you have an Australian shipping address for your order. All our other products can be shipped internationally.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Date added: 24/02/2017 CTshop Official Distributor For Tina Davies Professional Range
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Press Release: Its official CTshop is proud to announce that we are now Australian distributor of Tina Davies Professional MicroBlading supplies, our customers know that we rigorously evaluate all products for compliance and quality prior to stocking at CTshop so you can be sure that our products are the best available. Tina has created an excellent small range of premium quality microblading tools and CTshop have one our best to provide our Australian customers access to the range at affordable prices coupled with the convenience of our efficient local ordering and dispatch.

If you are used to using the standard range of microblading supplies then you might not yet recognise the immense difference in quality and improvement in outcomes that can be achieved by spending a few extra dollars on premium equipment either from our Premium Generic Range or from the Tina Davies Harmony Range, the cost of using premium quality microblade supplies is comparable to the cost of a high quality machine cartridge and the difference in quality is similar to the difference between the older style rotary pens and a modern digital machine.

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Date added: 14/02/2017 Plagiarism

We have had some problems again with another supplier plagiarising our customer advisories, it is very unfortunate that there are suppliers that lack the qualifications, knowledge and experience to produce professional information for micropigmentation technicians such that they are desperate enough to copy and paste or paraphrase the intellectual property of a genuine industry expert.

If you see our anaesthetic advisory or a half baked version of any of our other customer information or educational articles being reproduced somewhere else then you will know where they stole the information from (sad huh!).

Does the Industry really need these kinds of people, what purpose do they serve?

Why would you purchase equipment from a service that has to steal our information just to get your attention when you can come direct to the source of knowledge right here!

We actually have the knowledge, qualifications and experience so you can be confident dealing with us.

Date added: 03/01/2017 Normal Shipping

CTshop has now returned to normal order dispatch time frames.

We wish all our customers a happy and properous 2017.

Date added: 06/12/2016 Festive Season Shipping Restrictions

All customers please note that to enable CTshop staff to spend time with their loved ones during the Christmas new year period the following will apply.

Between the dates 21/12/2016 - 04/01/2017 restrictions will apply to all orders;

  • Local pickup will not be available
  • Payment can be made via Credit card or PayPal only
  • Orders can be placed as per usual but orders will not be shipped until after the 05/01/2017

Please ensure that you place your orders for any essential supplies prior to the 20/12/2016 to avoid any inconveniences during the above period.

Thank you for your understanding and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Kind Regards,
Andrea

Date added: 22/09/2016 Looking for MicroBlading Supplies?
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Date added: 11/04/2016 Server Maintenance Is Being Performed

We are currently having some server maintenance performed and the site may be unavailable or not fully functional for short periods of time while testing is conducted.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience CTshop will be back to normal shortly.

Date added: 12/03/2016 Are You Thinking About Purchasing Second Hand Equipment?

If you are considering purchasing second hand equipment, or equipment from a supplier who is not an authorised agent for the manufacturer or you are just unsure about the supplier.

Be aware that there are some unscrupulous people who may provide you false information about the equipment, may try to sell you fake or replica equipment and it is possible the device may have become damaged or contaminated during use due to the use of fake accessories or needle cartridges.

For this reason we generally advise against the purchase of second hand devices but if you are determined to purchase second hand or from any supplier that you are unsure about then to help to protect yourself against unscrupulous people we suggest that you ask the seller to complete the sellers declaration on the form below.

If the seller refuses to complete the document then you can safely assume that something is up.


NB. This document was not prepared by a lawyer and is supplied on an 'as is' basis no liability accepted for use.

Licence for Use: the document is released by us on a Creative Commons 4.0 licence, you are permitted to use, print, modify or share for non commercial use,
you are not permitted to sell or claim copyright ownership of the document.

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Date added: 18/02/2016 MicroBlading - First Things First

If you provide microblading services or if you are considering providing the service our article below is a must read;

http://www.cosmetictattoo.org/article/microblading-first-things-first.html


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