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Individuals undergoing Body piercing, tattooing, branding or scarification are at risk from blood-borne pathogens.  Tattoo artists and body piercers must follow health and safety practices and clean technique to protect themselves and their clients from bloodborne pathogens.    Clean Technique for Tattoo and Body Artists is used to prevent or reduce the transmission of microorganisms from one person to another or from one place to another. You need to protect all items from contamination and ensure that sterile items remain sterile by maintaining the cleanliness of all supplies and storing them in a sanitary manner. 

  • Use barriers, like clean, disposable, single-use gloves and adopt proper hand hygiene at all times before, during and after all procedures
  • Thoroughly clean and prepare the skin area with an antibacterial solution in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation with any equipment used
  • All materials applied to skin must be from single-use articles or transferred from bulk containers to single-use containers
  • Dispose of single-use containers after each person
  • Use disposable single-use needles and supplies whenever possible and follow safe injection practices
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary environment by using detergent to remove soil and a disinfectant agent to clean up a spill of blood or other potentially infectious materials
  • Reusable tools and equipment must be cleaned and sterilised correctly
  • Sterilisation machines, such as autoclaves, must be regularly tested and serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and service records kept
  • Disinfect chairs and work surfaces between each person using the appropriate wipes or cleaners.

Needles, scalpels, razors or other sharps that have contacted skin or body fluids shall be separated from other waste and placed in puncture-resistant, closed containers (Sharps Containers) immediately after use.  Sharps disposal containers must be kept in a safe place that is easy to reach, clearly marked, and changed when they become full and disposed of correctly.