Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tattoos, Body Art and Piercing. (American Park and Recreation Society)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tattoos, Body Art and Piercing. (American Park and Recreation Society)

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What's the number one concern regarding tattoos, body art and piercing? The safety for both the participant and employees should be the utmost concern, according to Mike Moran, superintendent of recreation in Iowa City. Risk managers everywhere will tell you that employers can reasonably restrict tattoos and body piercing, if safety is at the heart of the conflict. For some, another issue may be local obscenity laws, yet keep in mind the freedom of choice and expression. Other concerns include dress code enforcement as established by your department or governing agency, as well as policies in existence during the hiring process. Be sure to establish policies ahead of time to avoid possible conflicts.

"One thing that you must also keep in mind is the tolerance of the community, community morals and acceptance of such practices," adds Moran. For additional input, check with other agencies, your state high school athletic associations, the NCAA and all the various AAU associations that exist in your states and communities. Of course, not everyone's rules are enforceable or usable in your community. As always, the last word is usually accomplished by obtaining legal approval for your department's policies.

Do tattoos or body piercing affect the public's perception of your staff? …

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