the safe way to pierce ears
with the Caflon Blu Disposable
Cassette Ear Piercing System
Ear piercing
training manual
Manufacturer and Distributor of Ear Piercing Equipment
This manual will cover the following aspects of ear piercing
Information about Caflon
Caflon earrings
The anatomy of the ear: which area of the ear to pierce
Contra indications of ear piercing
Step by step ear piercing using the Caflon Blu System
Aftercare
Potential problems and further information
CAFLON BLU EAR PIERCING TRAINING MANUAL
Introduction
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Welcome to the Caflon Blu ear piercing training
manual. The aim of this manual is to provide the
user with clear and precise information on how
to pierce a client’s ears using the Caflon Blu Ear
Piercing System.
Ear piercing using Caflon Systems is a safe and
useful profit making service requiring little in the
way of financial investment, using minimal
amounts of space, and taking just a short amount
of time. Profit margins are also good making the
Caflon Ear Piercing Systems a wise and safe
investment.
CAFLON Ltd.
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A British based company involved in the
manufacture and distribution of high quality
ear piercing equipment and hypo allergenic
fashion earrings.
One of the largest manufacturers and
distributors of ear piercing equipment in the
world with distribution in over 100 countries.
The Caflon collection of ear studs includes all
stones and shapes of fashion.
All are precision
turned on Swiss Escomatic Machines.
Caflon has available a wide range of sales and
marketing aids, Ear Care Solution and antiseptic
wipes, as well as starter kits designed especially
for the ear piercing beginner.
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Caflon ear studs are made from hypo-
allergenic material meaning they do not
cause allergies or irritations.
And are available in many different styles
and sizes such as gold, 24ct gold plate,
silver plate and Titanium.
All studs are supplied in validated pre-
sterilised blister packs using ‘Ethylene
Oxide’ Gas and Gas permeating paper.
Every pair or earrings, therefore, has been
individually sterilised.
Compliant with EC Nickel Directive
94/27/EC
The lobe is the soft area of the ear and consists of skin
covering connective fatty tissue.
It is the area of the ear
which can be pierced.
The healing period is 4-6 weeks.
The cartilage area is a type of elastic tissue covered by
skin and fine hair.
The area which can be pierced is the
flat upper part of the cartilage area indicated by the
diagram below.
Due to the nature of piercing the cartilage
it is very important to advise the client that though
piercing this part of the ear can be safely done with the
Caflon Blu system, extra care must be taken in caring for
this type of piercing.
The healing period is at least 12
weeks.
The Caflon Blu Ear Piercing System is not specifically
designed to pierce any other part of the body and should
only be used to pierce the shaded areas of the ear
indicated in this diagram.
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Contra indications for ear piercing normally
involve the client having a condition which
means they might be prone to infection or slow
to heal from any potential infections, a physical
injury, or some kind of obstruction.
If a client is suffering from any of the
following then they should seek medical
advice before you pierce their ears.
Circulation disorders
High or low Blood Pressure
History of Thrombosis / Embolism
Epilepsy (Epileptics must be accompanied by
someone if you are to pierce their ears)
Pregnancy
Diabetes
Dysfunctions of the Nervous System
Skin disorders
Bruises or recent Haemorrhage or Swelling
Scar tissue or Keloids
Warts or Moles (you may pierce through freckles)
Cuts, Abrasions or recent operations
If in doubt do not pierce.
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In order to ear pierce using the Caflon Blu System you will need to be familiar with the
equipment you are to use, namely the ear piercing instrument, the studs, the single use
clasp retainer/ear guard
and stud holder, and the blister pack itself.
The clasp retainer/ear guard and stud holder (see next page) do not come with the
instrument.
They are pre-sterilised, single use disposable items that are packaged together
with the sterilised blister pack holding the stud and clasp.
IMPORTANT!
Never use the same clasp retainer/ear guard and stud holder on more than
one client.
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Step-by-step
ear piercing
Step 1: preparing yourself and the client
Clients will normally fit into ‘nervous’ or ‘non nervous’ categories. Obviously
‘nervous’ clients are potentially more difficult to deal with. However most of
their anxiety will usually be associated with the thought that the piercing may
be painful. They might have had a painful ear piercing experience previously.
These kinds of clients need to be relaxed through reassurance that the
Caflon Blu System allows for pain free ear piercing.
Seat the client on a stool or chair which is at the right height for you to
complete the piercing. You should not have to reach up or down in order to
pierce the client’s ears.
Ask the client to select the style of stud to be used for piercing from
the Caflon sample board
Explain the piercing procedure and have the client read and sign the
ear piercing application and after-care instructions.
Check thoroughly for contra indications. If in doubt do not complete the
piercing.
Now wash your hands thoroughly or scrub them with a chlorahexidine
based surgical hand cleaner, dry them and then ideally you should put on
single use disposable gloves as an additional precaution.
Have the client remove any earrings they are wearing.
Clip back any hair away from the ears.
Check the client’s ears for epidermoid cycts which are embedded skin tissue
enclosing foreign debris.
When you pinch the ear, if you feel a small, hard
lump that can be moved, it is an epidermoid cyst.
If you can see and feel a
lump that does not move, it is scar tissue.
Cysts are not visible and can be
moved, scar tissue is visible and does not move.
Never pierce through a
cyst as it will cause it to rupture releasing debris into the surrounding tissue
which can cause infection.
You should also not pierce straight through
Keloids. which are large visible lumpy scar tissue. The rule to follow is:-
Keloids/scar tissue, pierce 3 – 4mm away from it.
If hole is open, pierce 1cm away from it.
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You will need to pierce further away if the hole is open because an
inaccurate piercing could lead to one large hole in the lobe. Additionally, it
avoids the clasps overlapping at the back of the ear.
You may pierce through an old hole as long as there is no heavy scar
tissue present.
After examining the ear(s) thoroughly cleanse the area to be pierced front
and back with an antiseptic wipe, be sure to use a separate wipe for each
ear. This will safeguard against infection.
Allow 2 minutes for the solution to soak in and the ear to dry thoroughly.
During this time you should demonstrate to the client the noise the
instrument will make when you eventually pierce their ears. If familiar with
this sound they are unlikely to move during the piercing, lessening the
likelihood of an inaccurate piercing.
To demonstrate the noise:
Take the instrument in your preferred hand.
Pull back hard on the firing pin until it locks.
Place the instrument close to the client’s ear.
Tell them that they are about to hear the noise the instrument will make.
Fire the instrument by squeezing the trigger.
Once the antiseptic lotion is dry you should use the non toxic marking pen
to mark a spot on the ear where it will be pierced. No other type of pen
should be used.
Using a mirror, show the client the spot marked on the ear.
Only if the client agrees the mark is in the correct place should you proceed
with the piercing.
If they state a preference for another spot then wipe off the original mark
using another antiseptic wipe and repeat the previous marking instructions.
Only when the client is happy with the positioning of the mark should the
piercing take place.
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You will need to undo the blister pack on a clean and level
surface.
Tearing along the serrated edge of the blister pack, separate
one pair of studs from the rest of the pack.
On your clean, level surface turn the pack upside down so that
the tyvek paper faces upwards and the plastic rests on the
table’s surface.
Locate the corner in which the plastic has an arc, this is
where you need to separate the tyvek paper from the plastic.
Keeping the blister pack close to your level surface, peel the
tyvek paper back slowly being careful not to spill the blue
plastic clasp retainer/ear guard and
stud holder onto the
table or floor. If this does occur then the blister pack must be
discarded and a new one used. This ensures sterility.
Then cock the instrument by drawing the firing pin back until it
locks into place. With gloves on both hands, take the small
round blue (Mini)/white (Regular) stud holder from the blister
pack and secure it onto the barrel of the instrument (see Fig. 1).
Take the instrument in one hand and the blue clasp
retainer/ear guard in the other. and firmly mount the blue
clasp retainer/ear guard onto the ear guard holder of the
instrument making sure that the flexible ear guard is facing
upward and inward (see Fig. 1) pushed firmly down.
Place the instrument onto a clean surface.
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Next, hold the clear blister pack containing the plastic stud and clasp
mount in one hand and carefully remove the blue mount ensuring not to
touch the sterile studs and clasps.
Holding the blue mount by the sides, the stud and clasps should be facing
upwards.
With the mount in one hand take the ear piercing instrument in the other
and using the mount, insert the exposed head of the ear piercing stud
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the round plastic stud holder previously inserted onto the barrel of the
instrument then twist the mount upwards to release the stud from the
mount leaving the stud in the plastic stud holder. (see Fig. 2).
Ensuring that the instrument remains level, invert the plastic mount and
slide the corresponding clasp onto the plastic clasp retainer/ear guard
previously loaded onto the instrument (see Fig. 3).
Place the plastic mount containing the remaining stud and clasp in the
upright position on a nearby clean surface ready to be used on the second
piercing if required.
The instrument is now loaded and you are ready to pierce. Follow the
instructions on piercing the client’s ear on the next page.
Once you have completed the first piercing, repeat the above process for
the second piercing.
These two operations are extremely simple to perform but you may need to
practice a few times to become proficient. Remember that once loaded,
always keep the instrument in a horizontal position to prevent the stud and
clasp from falling out.
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PIERCING THE LOBE AREA OF THE EAR
Bring the loaded instrument up to the area of the client’s ear to be pierced
ensuring that the ear is placed into the saddle-like flexible ear guard (see Fig.5).
If piercing the cartilage area see the instructions on piercing the cartilage area
which follow.
Make sure the instrument is straight and square to the ear otherwise the
piercing will occur at an angle. It should be perpendicular and not tipped at an
angle.
Squeeze the trigger gently to halfway where you will find a biting point in the
trigger mechanism. This will bring the tip of the stud closer to the ear. Check
your alignment (make sure the point of
the post lines up with your pen mark).
When you are satisfied everything is correct advise the client to remain still.
Squeeze the trigger the rest of the way back until the stud is fired into the ear.
Hold the trigger in place and the instrument still for two seconds.
Slowly release the trigger and carefully pull the instrument straight down. Do
not pull it away from the ear (see Fig. 6).
After reloading the instrument, repeat the above to perform the second
piercing.
Next, ask the client if they are OK to stand or if they need a few moments.
If
the client stands and feels dizzy, help them to sit down and have them wait 3 to
5 minutes before leaving.
Advise on aftercare.
After completing the piercing, wipe the instrument with an alcohol towelette or
an approved cleaner.
REMOVING THE DISPOSABLE STUD HOLDER AND CLASP RETAINER/EAR GUARD
FROM THE INSTRUMENT
To remove the clasp retainer/ear guard, simple slide it off the instrument and
dispose it in the waste receptacle.
To remove the round stud holder, place the studretainer clip over the
barrel of the instrument (see Fig. 7). Next, pull the firing pin all the way back
until the stud holder snaps loose.
Release the firing pin and now remove the
stud retainer clip
and the stud holder. This action will cock the instrument so
remember the disengage the firing pin by pulling the trigger making sure that
fingers are free from the path of the barrel.
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PIERCING THE CARTILAGE AREA OF THE EAR
If you are piercing through the cartilage area of the ear, special care must
be taken during both the piercing procedure and during the after care
period.
When piecing the cartilage area of the ear, only pierce the upper flat area.
Never pierce through the curled edge of the cartilage area or too close to
the edge of the ear as this may cause the cartilage to split.
Also, never
pierce through scar tissue in the cartilage area, avoiding all visible
capillaries.
Prepare the piercing area as instructed previous.
Have the client tilt their head all the way back so that they are facing
skyward. This action makes it easier to position the instrument for
piercing while maintaining the instrument in the all important horizontal
position which ensures that the clasp will not fall out before the piercing.
If the client has very thick or heavily curled cartilage, you must pull the
cartilage to “unroll it”.
This ensures that the instrument can be properly
positioned.
Once the instrument is positioned and ready for firing, follow the same
procedure described when piercing the lobe previous.
Repeat procedure for the other ear if required.
IMPORTANT! Alert your client that the healing time for the cartilage area
can take up to 12 weeks.
Reinforce the fact that due to the nature of
piercing the cartilage area extra care should be taken to ensure proper after
care is followed.
If pain, redness or swelling persists, advise them to seek
medical attention immediately.
Failure to do so may lead to permanent
damage to the ear.
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If the instructions on how to pierce ears contained in this manual are
followed stringently then potential problems following a piercing will have
been minimised. However, the importance of aftercare cannot be
overemphasised.
The client should be given the following advice for aftercare.
To prevent infection
Do not fiddle with the ears, avoid any unnecessary handling of the
ears and studs.
Do not replace studs with other earrings during the initial 6 week
period (12 weeks for cartilage).
Wash hands before touching the stud or ear and cleanse the
pierced area twice a day without removing the earrings by lightly
applying Caflon Ear Care Solution to the front and back of the
pierced area.
With clean hands, rotate the studs back and forth at least once a day.
Do not allow soap or shampoo to build up behind the stud or clasp.
Rinse well with the Caflon Ear Care Solution after bathing.
Between cleanings, keep the pierced area DRY.
Cover the ears when spraying perfume, antiperspirant, hairspray.
Do not push the butterfly clasp along the post toward the ear. The
Butterfly clasp should always be positioned at the end of the post.
Minor pain/redness may occur immediately - this is normal.
This
should settle within 48 hours provided the client faithfully follows
proper after care.
If undue pain/swelling occurs advise the client
to consult their physician immediately but warn them not to remove
the studs until they have consulted their doctor.
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To prevent piercings from closing
Do not take studs out for at least 4 – 6 weeks (12 weeks for cartilage).
If infection or irritation occurs
Should excessive redness, irritability, itching or soreness occur consult
your doctor immediately. Do not remove the studs until you have
consulted your doctor.
General points
After 4 – 6 weeks the stud can be removed from the ear lobe (12 weeks
for cartilage) and another post type earring should be worn. The post
should be 24 ct Gold Plated or Stainless Steel and this type should be
worn for at least another 2 months following the healing period. No
wire type earrings should be worn during this period.
The wearing of
heavy earring at any time may cause the piercing hole to stretch leaving
a slit effect to the piercings.
Caflon Ear Care Solution should be suggested to your client. This way
you can be sure that the client receives the correct solution for aftercare.
During the first year of piercing the client should avoid going longer than
24 hours without wearing earrings.
This will ensure that the piercings
will not close.
If the client follows these aftercare instructions faithfully they will, in
later years, have a small smooth round hole in
each ear – never a slit.
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Ear piercing is a relatively simple and straightforward
procedure in which nothing can go wrong providing you
stringently follow the instructions contained in this manual.
The rate at which individual’s heal after a piercing can
vary enormously, but an average would be 4 – 6 weeks for
lobe and 12 weeks for the cartilage.
Perhaps the worst scenario you might expect is that the
client will move as you fire the gun. This will inevitably
result in an inaccurate piercing.
If this happens do not remove the ear stud as the ear will
bleed.
Advise them to leave the stud in overnight, then
remove the stud and let the hole heal over.
This advice also applies to the client who decides, despite
the fact that you’ve followed the instructions in the manual,
that they do not like the piercing.
Advise them to leave the
stud in overnight, then remove the studs and allow the hole
to heal over.
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Providing you have followed and understood
the instructions contained in this manual, you
should now be capable of piercing ears using
the Caflon Blu Disposable Cassette System.
However, there are still a number of issues
relevant to ear piercing which the piercing
process itself does not cover.
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Current legislation
In England and Wales current ear piercing legislation
falls under the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act, 1982.
This means that the Local Authority has the power to
implement the aspects of the Act that relate to ear
piercing in their area.
The Act provides that ear piercing may only be carried
out by a person in premises registered by the Local
Authority.
You should always check with your local health
authority to find out if there are any possible licenses,
fees, regulations or requirements which need to be
obtained or followed before performing any ear
piercings in your establishment.
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The London area is different to the rest of England and Wales in that in
the London area there are 2 other Acts under which boroughs may
regulate skin piercing. The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act
1981 and the London Local Authorities Act 1991.
Anyone intending to pierce ears in premises in the London area should
contact their Local Environmental Health Authority for advice.
The Local Authority does have the power to inspect both registered
premises and premises in which it suspects skin piercing is taking place
without a registration.
Fees for licensing and registration can vary enormously. Details can be
obtained from your Local Authority.
The future of regulation
Legislation regarding ear piercing is currently under review. With the
advent of much more sterile and hygienic ear piercing, such as the
Caflon Disposable Cassette System, ear piercing is now much safer and
carries no hygiene risk.
In our commitment to constantly provide the best possible service to
our clients, Caflon takes a pro-active approach to ear piercing
regulations by contacting many of the individual Local Authorities
throughout the United Kingdom to ensure that the best and the fairest
possible regulations covering ear piercing are implemented by the
different boroughs. Should you have any questions with regard to these
matters, please contact us. Our professional and experienced staff will
gladly assist you in this area.
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Caflon equipment is covered by Product Liability
Insurance. However, as an individual you will
require your own insurance cover.
Many companies now require evidence of some
form of ear piercing training such as that offered
by Caflon before issuing insurance cover.
The Caflon training system is particularly relevant
in this respect in that
models are used during
training as opposed to ear cards
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means that you will already be experienced
when you pierce a client’s ears for the first time.
Should you wish to be included in our next
training seminar in your area, please contact our
Head Office to find out when the next Caflon
training specialist will be in your area.
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Do not pierce anyone under the age of 16 without the
the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
Failing
such may expose you to criminal charges of grievous
bodily harm to a child despite the fact that the child
consented without the permission of a parent or legal
guardian.
A general rule to follow would be to exercise caution
when piercing the ears of anyone under the age of 16.
Such clients should be accompanied by an adult. Do not
accept consent by telephone or letter. It is strongly
advisable to have the parent of legal guardian read and
sign the release form in your presence.
Though piercing the ears of small children is perfectly
safe using the Caflon systems, one should always
strongly caution the parent that due to the child’s age,
after care may be difficult for the child to follow.
Parents
should assume the responsibility of ensuring that the
child’s piercings are properly maintained and to seek
medical attention at the slightest hint of a problem.
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Unit 19
Park Street Industrial Estate
Osier Way
Aylesbury
Bucks HP20 1EB
Telephone
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