NEHA Body Art Model Code

Just over twenty years ago, environmental health professionals and industry experts developed the first NEHA Body Art Model Code (BAMC). In the time since the original code was released, body art has become much more accepted, diverse, and popular. 

In Spring of 2016, NEHA began working with subject matter experts and national partners to develop an updated Body Art Model Code (BAMC). The updated BAMC was created with input from environmental health and industry professionals, and addresses the ways body art impacts public health, both old and new. The BAMC is available for local and state agencies and other organizations to use as a resource to update their own body art codes and protect public health.   

NEHA Body Art Model Code: Updated October 22, 2019

View NEHA Body Art Model Code (PDF)

NEHA Body Art Committee  

Jodi Zimmerman, REHS, MPH, Co-Chair
Registered Environmental Health Specialist II
El Paso County Public Health Department
Steve Joyner, Co-Chair
Association of Professional Piercers 
Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Chair 
Laurel Arrigona 
Regulatory, Ceutical Labs, Inc. 
AFDO Body Art Committee Chair 
Body Art Education Alliance Chair 
Kate Ciampi Shergold 
Executive Director 
Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals 
Cathy Montie  
Body Art Training Company  
OSHA Authorized Industry Specific Trainer 
Michael Crea, M.S. 
Executive Director, Florida Environmental Health Association 
Body Piercer & Body Art Trainer 
Ken Coleman Stevenson II 
VP Regulatory, Ceutical Labs 
AFDO Body Art Committee Chair 
Body Art Education Alliance Chair 
Girvin Liggans, Ph.D., REHS, DAAS 
Technical Lead, Retail Food Policy 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
Matt Bavougian 
Onyx Piercing Studio - Owner / Senior Piercer
Association of Professional Piercers (APP), Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair
Body Art Education Alliance, Co-Chair
John Misock  
US Food and Drug Administration, Retired 
Carolynn Balcar
Environmental Consultant   
Bureau of Environmental Health
Florida Department of Health
Brian W Skellie 
Medical Liaison 
Association of Professional Piercers 
ASTM International Committee F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices 
John Johnson 
OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer
Association of Professional Piercers 
Michelle E. Watkins, REHS    
Program Manager 
Division of Environmental Health and Protection 
St. Charles County Government — Department of Public Health 
Katherine Martinez, REHS 
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