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Body Art Safety Training

Who needs body art safety training?

Most states in the U.S. have uniform health codes for body art. This is tattooing, piercing, cosmetic tattooing, and more. We’ve had updated regulations since 2013 (Safe Body Art Act) in California. However, despite being for the state, each county has its own interpretation and enforcement of these regulations. For example, body art practitioners in California are required by law to have picture identification. This is to prove registration with the county. However, I doubt you’ll actually find anyone with this ID. I don’t know of a single county issuing them. Ultimately, anyone practicing body art needs specific safety training.

Body art safety training

Federal Regulations

States have regulations and despite their similarities, they won’t be identical. The U.S. Labor Department however sets federal laws for every company in the U.S. Under that department we have the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA.) Your local environmental health agency sets policy for public health. OSHA’s mission is to protect workers from occupational risks. Your workplace training needs to be industry specific. If you’re a tattooer or piercer you need to understand many things. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is a cornerstone of body art safety training.

We Can Help

New Flower piercer John Johnson is an authorized and experienced OSHA trainer. He’s approved in Orange County and Los Angeles to provide the annual Bloodborne Pathogens Standard certificates that OSHA requires. Also, many other counties in California will also accept certificates issued by John. The BBP standard is a long and complicated regulation that affects every single person working in tattoo shops and piercing studios. Equally important, that training is done by someone with industry experience who can present the information in the many ways it applies to body art.

What Can We Do

Studio owners, managers, piercers, tattooers, and support staff can work with us to develop in-house programs that help minimize risks to workers. Also, we can teach them how to keep the company compliant with local and federal regulations. In future posts we’ll John demonstrating body art safety training to OSHA instructors at the University of Arlington.discuss the many aspects of workplace safety in professional body art studios. Regulations may be consistent, but each shop has it’s own style and environment. New Flower Safety Training can help studios implement protocols to keep workers and clients safe.


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John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio in Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of ASTM International.