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Proper disposal: the art of permanent makeup

People who are wanting microblading, microstroking, 3D permanent brows and dermal cosmetics, all processes to achieve permanent makeup, are making sure the specialist is licensed, registered and certified. These credentials bring assurance, a level of professionalism and credibility to the specialty.

Since permanent makeup is a form of tattooing, state and federal laws mandate the safe and proper disposal of needles and blades, as well as bloodborne pathogens training for employees (OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030).

A body art facility shall maintain and follow a written Infection Prevention and Control Plan, including (but not limited to) the following:

  1. Procedures for safe handling and disposal of sharps waste

  2. The Infection Prevention and Control Plan shall be revised when changes are made in infection prevention practices, procedures or tasks

  3. Onsite training, covering the Infection Prevention and Control Plan shall take place when tasks where occupational exposure may occur are initially assigned, when there are changes in the procedures or tasks, and when new technology is adopted, but not less than once each year

  4. Records of training shall be maintained for three years and shall be available for inspection upon request of the enforcement officer

Any needle or blade exposed to human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), through the process of tattooing, must be disposed of in the same manner as biohazard medical waste.

Fines for non-compliance could cost $7,000 for each occurrence; and worse, it could hurt a business’s reputation.

San Diego Medical Waste Services, LLC now offers a solution for Microblading and Body Art studios. The "ECO30" plan offers everything that a studio will need for sharps container disposal.

Set your business apart from others. Call San Diego Medical Waste today. They can help your business stay compliant with state and federal regulations. San Diego Medical Waste: or 619-990-4604.

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