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C DC Home CDC Features All CDC Topics A-Z Index for All C DC Topics CDC Features CDC Features C DC Features Features by Date ext T size: S M L XL Current Features Email page Data & Statistics Body Art: Tattoos and Piercings Print page Diseases & Conditions Bookmark and share Tattoo artists and body Emergency Preparedness piercers should follow Get email updates & Response health and safety practices to protect themselves as Subscribe to RSS Environmental Health well as their clients from Healthy Living bloodborne pathogens such Injury, Violence & Safety as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Get email updates and/or human Life Stages & Populations To receive email immunodeficiency virus updates about this Travelers' Health (HIV). page, enter your email address: Workplace Safety & Health Body art is a popular form of self-expression. Tattoos and body piercings are typically Features By Date created by professional tattoo artists and body piercers and appear on the body as permanent markings and decorative metal. What's this? Submit Health and safety procedures for body artists may be regulated by city, county, or state agencies. Reputable shops and tattoo parlors govern themselves and follow Contact Us: strict safety procedures to protect their clients – and their body artists. C enters for Disease C ontrol and Considering Body Art? Prevention If you decide to get a tattoo or body piercing, make 1600 C lifton Rd sure you go to a licensed facility and take time to Atlanta, GA 30333 discuss the safety procedures w ith the artists w orking 800-C DC -INFO at the shop or tattoo parlor. They should explain the (800-232-4636) h, 010 TTY: (888) 232-6348 Beac er 10, 2 process and clarify w hat they do to keep everyone safe 24 Hours/Every Day sa and healthy by using sterile needles and razors, ermo eptemb w ashing hands, w earing gloves, and keeping surfaces email@example.com of H S clean. v . City hived on son Safety Procedures ac Body piercersrand tattoo artistsrprotect themselves and Ande hen 56914safe and healthy practices, their clients w - follow ing such as: o. 08 N • Use single-use, disposable needles and razors. Disposable piercing needles, tattoo needles, and razors are used on one person and then throw n aw ay. Reusing needles or razors is not safe. • Safely dispose of needles and razors. Used needles and razors should be throw n aw ay in a biohazard-labeled, disposable container to protect both the client and the person changing or handling the trash bag from getting cut. • Wash hands before and after putting on disposable gloves. Gloves are alw ays w orn w hile w orking w ith equipment and clients, changed w hen necessary, and are not reused. • Clean and sterilize reusable tools and equipment. Some tools and equipment can be reused w hen creating body art. Reusable tools and equipment should be cleaned and then sterilized to remove viruses and bacteria. • Frequently clean surfaces and work areas. Chairs, tables, w ork spaces and counters should be disinfected betw een procedures to protect both the health of the client and the artist. Cross-contamination (spreading bacteria and viruses from one surface to another) can occur if surfaces are not disinfected frequently and betw een clients. Any disinfectant that claims to be able to eliminate the tuberculosis germ can also kill HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. Use a commercial disinfectant, follow ing the manufacturer’s instructions, or a mixture of bleach and w ater (1 part bleach to 9 parts w ater). For more safe and healthy practices, please see Preventing Needlestick Injuries. By follow ing safety procedures, tattoo artists and body piercers protect themselves and their clients against exposure risks such as: • Viruses, germs, and bacteria that can cause infections • Tuberculosis • Hepatitis B • Hepatitis C • Hepatitis C • HIV and AIDS Additional Information for Body Artists Safety Information for Tattoo and Body Piercing Artists Organizations Involved in Identifying Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Risks in the Body Art Industry Body Art Information Post Cards Sterilization or Disinfection of Patient-Care Equipment About Small Business, helping small business ow ners, employers, and managers deal w ith occupational safety and health concerns Wash Your Hands Association of Professional Piercers More Information Can I Get HIV From Getting a Tattoo or Through Body Piercing? Piercings and Tattoos , MedLinePlus Tattoos and Permanent Makeup , US Food and Drug Administration Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe? , US Food and Drug Administration Em ail Print Share Updates Subscribe Page last reviewed: January 21, 2008 Page last updated: January 21, 2008 C ontent source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National C enter for HIV/ADIS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Page maintained by:Office of the Associate Director for C ommunication, Division of News and Electronic Media URL for this page: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BodyArt/ Home A-Z Index Site Map Policies About C DC .gov Link to Us All Languages C DC Mobile C ontact C DC h, 010 C enters for Disease C ontrol and Prevention 1600 C lifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA Beac er 10, 2 800-C DC -INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, 24 Hours/Every Day - firstname.lastname@example.org sa ermo eptemb of H S v . 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