Body Art: State Regulations

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State Regulations

Tattooing and piercing regulations and recommended practices vary from state to state. To learn more about your state’s regulations associated with bloodborne pathogens, click below

The contents of this web page represent recommendations by NIOSH. They draw upon regulations and other materials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor, upon guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and from findings and recommendations by NIOSH. Sources for these recommendations are cited in footnotes. In considering these NIOSH recommendations, users should also be aware of applicable state and local laws that may impact their implementation.

Page last reviewed: September 25, 2013