We feel it's very important to do all we can to make things as safe and gentle as possible.
The precautions we use are based on modern surgical aseptic technique. Surgeons realized over 100 years ago that they got much better, more consistent results if they used sterile technique. No doctor would even think of stitching your wound or inserting a catheter without using sterile technique, because they know you would most likely get some kind of infection - Aseptic Technique.
We also use only brand new equipment; no tools are used from person to person. You can rest assured that there is no chance of being exposed to anything serious like HIV or HCV. New is always better, as humans (even piercers) can make mistakes when trying to clean and reuse equipment.
We have also refined our piercing procedures to be as gentle as possible. That's another reason we don't use clamps, forceps, guns, pliers, tubes, etc. Those items simply pinch, bruise, and hurt, and they don't make the piercing safer or more accurate. Some people call this "freehand" piercing, but we think "tool-free" is more accurate.
The clamps that most piercers use are designed for use on surgical sponges or to remove tissue for biopsies. If anything, clamps make it harder to do an accurate piercing, as they force the layers of skin together. If you think of piercing like sewing, you don't sew by wadding fabric together and then trying to get needle and thread through. Instead you spread the fabric out, then sew between the fibers. This is closer to the technique we use for piercing - we do gentle tissue manipulation to roll blood vessels and nerve endings out of the way and make a space for the jewelry. The piercing is more comfortable from the beginning and you can heal faster and easier.