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Read-up on Industry-Specific Issues

The following provides more information about risks associated with bloodborne pathogen exposures in the body art industry.

Post Cards

Post cards providing simple ways to reduce bloodborne pathogen exposures in the body art industry were mailed to tattoo and body piercing shops across the United States. Please feel free to download a copy.

  • Look Sharp [2.0 MB, 2 pages]
  • Good, Clean Art [2.1 MB, 2 pages]
  • Let Art Be Your Legacy [2.0 MB, 2 pages]

    Web Links

    Body Art Professional Organizations
    OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
    Bloodborne Viruses and Vaccine Information
    Needlesticks and Sharps Disposal
    Gloves and Hand Washing

    Health Hazard Evaluations

    Scientific Journal Articles

    • Lehman E, Huy J, Levy E, Viet S, Mobley A, McCleery T [2010]. Bloodborne pathogen risk reduction activities in the body piercing and tattooing industry. American Journal of Infection Control.
    • Huy J, Ross C, Boudreau A, Weber A [2002]. Occupational bloodborne pathogen exposures among community workers. Clinical Occupational Environmental Medicine 2: 537-556.
    • Oberdorfer A, Wiggers J, Bowman J, Burrows S, Cockburn J, Considine R [2003]. Monitoring and educational feedback to improve the compliance of tattooists and body piercers with infection control standards: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Infection Control 32 (3): 147-154.
    • Hellard M, Campbell A, Mackintosh A, Ridge A, Bowden S [2003]. Investigation of infection control practices and knowledge of hepatitis C among body piercing practitioners. American Journal of Infection Control 31 (4): 215-220.
    • Raymond M, Halcon L, Pirie P [2003]. Regulation of tattooing in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota: Tattooists’ attitudes and relationship between regulation and practice. Public Health Reports 18: 154-161.
    • Raymond M, Pirie P, Halcon L [2001]. Infection Control among professional tattooists in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. Public Health Reports 116:249-256.

    Other Topics Related to the Body Art Industry


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