Body Art Resources

Resources for Body Art Clients

  • Tattoos: Understand risks and precautions, Mayo Clinic | Webpage

Resources for Body Artists

  • Brochures – Association of Professional Piercers, APP | Brochures
  • A Heated Debate: Coil Machines Versus Rotary Machines, Painful Pleasures Community | Webpage
  • Tattoo Ink and Permanent Makeup Labeling Guide, AFDO | PDF
  • 1904.8 - Recording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries, OSHA | Webpage
  • Applicability of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard to the tattoo and body piercing industries, OSHA | Webpage
  • Recapping of contaminated needles used in body piercing, OSHA | Webpage
  • Obligations of establishments that provide tattoos and body piercing under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, OSHA | Website


  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training, Cathy Montie Body Art Training Company
    | Website
  • Online Bloodborne Pathogens Card Training, Above Training | Website
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for non-medical persons, Pacific Medical Training | Website
  • Online Trainings, Safe Piercing | Website
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Courses, Body Art Training Group | Website

Additional Resources

  • Explosion in Tattooing, Piercing Tests State Regulators, PEW | Webpage
  • Needs Assessment Results Summary | PDF
  • Body Art and Environmental Health | YouTube
  • Body Art Operators Guide, County of San Diego | PDF
  • Body Art: the Good The Bad, the Terribly Awful, Body Art Training Group | Presentation

COVID-19 Resources

The Body Art Education Alliance (BAEA) is comprised of environmental health and body art professionals from across the country and is dedicated to developing educational resources geared towards keeping body art establishments safe. In support of safe operations around COVID-19, the BAEA developed the following resources:
  • Handwashing for Body Art | PDF
  • Wash Hands Signage | PDF
  • Use of Face Masks for Body Artists| PDF
  • Cashless Transactions Sign | PDF
  • Mask Signage | PDF
  • Food and Drink Signage | PDF
  • No Guests / Visitors Signage | PDF
  • No Guests / Visitors / Minors with Guardian Signage | PDF
  • Social Distancing Signage | PDF

Job Aids

The following PDFs have been designed to be disseminated in a body art facility. Artists and clients can read these aids and trust they're receiving accurate information. Space is included on the bottom of each job aid for health departments to include their logo.
  • Body Art: Know the Risks | PDF
  • Body Art: Aftercare | PDF
  • Body Art: Proper Handling of Sharps | PDF
  • Body Art: When to Seek Medical Attention | PDF