Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control for Tattooing and Body Piercing



This course provides training as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR 1910.1030). Material covered in the course includes definitions of bloodborne pathogens, modes of transmission, universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, exposure control plans, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other information needed to the safety of the tattoo artist or body piercer.

Additional topics on infection control, aseptic techniques, and prevention of disease transmission are also included in this course. While these topics are not required as part of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, they are required by some states, and we highly recommend these topics even if it's not required in your location.

This course can be used as introductory training as well as satisfy OSHA's annual refresher requirement.

Course Fee: $ 125

Persons engaging in tattooing, piercing and permament cosmetics activities who are exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while performing their routine work functions need to receive bloodborne pathogens training. This includes:

  • tattoo artists
  • body piercers; and
  • permanent cosmetologists

Topics include:

  • Introduction to bloodborne pathogens
  • Bloodborne diseases
  • Exposure control plans
  • Personal protective equipment and housekeeping
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • Information and training requirements
  • Recordkeeping
  • General Safety Practices
  • Infection Control
  • Prevention of Disease Transmission
  • Aseptic Techniques

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • identify common bloodborne pathogens, their paths of transmissions, and symptoms of the disease
  • know what an exposure control plan is, what it contains and where it is located
  • recognize tasks which may lead to exposure of bloodborne pathogens and measures to take for protection
  • outline the steps to take following an exposure incident
  • know what is provided in a post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • explain the color coding and symbols used for biohazards
  • know the basics of infection control, aseptic techniques, and prevention of disease

Lorri L. White

Ms. White is one of the principals of Eduwhere and has over 22 years of experience in the environmental industry. This includes 10 years working for an environmental laboratory that performed analyses environmental matrices such as soil, water and air as well as tissue and blood samples. In addition to her hand's on experience, Ms. White has taken numerous training courses on bloodborne pathogens and related topics to stay current with developments in the field, and she is an OSHA approved instructor. Ms. White received a BS in Chemistry from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN and completed a year of graduate level studies in analytical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Citation: 1910.1030(g)(2)(i)
  • 1910.1030(g)(2)(i)
  • Employers shall ensure that all employees with occupational exposure participate in a training program which must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours.
  • 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)
  • Training shall be provided as follows:
  • 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(A)
  • At the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place;
  • 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(B)
  • Within 90 days after the effective date of the standard; and
  • 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(C)
  • At least annually thereafter.
  • Excerpt from 1910.1030 via OSHA website.
  • Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

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