What are some health risks associated with body art procedures?
Tattooing and piercing puts artists at risk of coming in contact with their client's blood. This means artists may also be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These pathogens can make you sick and they can possibly make your family sick, if they are exposed. Some of these diseases are permanent and can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have developed guidance for artists to reduce the risks they may encounter:

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1. What are some health risks associated with body art procedures?
2. Do I need a license to perform Body Art?
3. What are the local regulations for Body Art facilities?
4. How do I open a Body Art facility in Tri-County Health Department’s jurisdiction?
5. Can I open up a Body Art facility in my own home?
6. What can be done about someone tattooing from their home/unlicensed facility?
7. Can I report a Body Art facility if they are performing body art on underage persons?
8. What is the easiest way to obtain the hepatitis B vaccine?
9. Can Tri-County Health Department recommend a Body Art facility?
10. Is blood borne training required by the Tri-County Health Department?
11. How often will my Body Art facility be inspected?
12. What are the inspection fees?
13. Will Tri-County Health Department pro-rate the inspection fee?
14. Will the Tri-County Health Department accept partial payments?
15. How do I know that my tattoo procedure will be conducted in a sanitary manner?
16. I recently got a tattoo and I think the area is becoming infected. What should I do?
17. Are there any concerns about getting a tattoo while pregnant?
18. Are there any concerns about getting x-rays if I have tattoos?
19. What are the risks of using a home piercing kit?
20. Can I donate blood after getting a tattoo?
21. Does Tri-County Health Department inspect at temporary body art events?
22. Does Tri-County Health Department inspect mobile body art establishments?