TPIU Tele conference 29.1.18

Those in attendence were:
Chris, Chic, Cilla, Rick, Marcus and Suzy.

1. B.S.I
Chris and Marcus attended a meeting regarding the final (ish) drafts on the forthcoming European Standard for Tattoo Studios. Expected completion is 12-18 months as guidance not legislation.
We were pleased that this was an opportunity for our members to reconnect with important contacts like Ian Grey, Alan Beswick and Peter Hoffman.
Ian Grey has expressed interest in liasing with us to update the Tattoo Toolkit. Rick to email him and start the ball rolling.

2. Finance
Payments have been made for the domain and upkeep of the website.
Union funds from the GMB are now updating regularly but money is still outstanding. It was suggested we need to meet with Warren Kenny to chase this up and insist on future regular and timely financial statements as they have been late regularly in the past.

3. Membership
One new member this month. We do appreciate we need a new membership drive but need specific areas to work in to attract members which is proving to be difficult. The usual apathy within the industry applies.

4. Four Star Rating Scheme
The Welsh 4 Star Rating Scheme has changed leadership and all seems to have gone quiet. The scheme was launched by CIEH Wales. Licensing is law in Wales now with a time limit of two years to implement it. It was suggested we contact Gavin Williams (Senior EHO).
Chic will email him to introduce himself and re-establish connections between the TPIU, as we think we could gain knowledge for future implications and to have updates on progress with licensing.

5. Advancing technology
Recent advances in machine technology have put into question if the bagging of machines is still necessary as the claims are that these machines can be autoclaved. It was suggested we gather data to find hard evidence to support this idea. Also to give up to date information to EHO’s as to whether this new technology needs to be assessed in different ways.

Next meeting to be arranged for a couple of months time