bloodborne pathogens certification

The life of a tattoo artist may seem like it’s all fun and games. After all, you get to spend each day hanging with cool people and bringing your art to life.

But before you can get the job, there are a few extra steps you’ll need to take, and the biggest one is getting your blood-borne pathogens certification.

Curious what this is and why you need it? Keep reading to discover our complete guide!

What Is a Blood-borne Pathogens Certification?

When you started looking into a career as a tattoo artist, you probably didn’t think you’d need some of the same certifications as a nurse. So, it’s important that we answer your question: what is a blood-borne pathogens certification, anyway?

This is a special certification that ensures you have received proper training to handle any issues that come up regarding (you guessed it) blood-borne pathogens. A federal law instituted back in 2000 requires such workers undergo special training so that a business can retain its OSHA certification.

Ultimately, this certification and training are to help ensure you don’t accidentally transmit any pathogens.

How Are Blood-borne Pathogens Actually Transmitted?

In case you’re wondering, “blood-borne pathogens” is a catch-all term. It may refer to any kinds of infectious micro-organisms that are in a person’s body. This includes exotic and scary infections (such as Ebola or AIDS) and more mundane ones (such as hepatitis).

Unfortunately, it’s very easy for these pathogens to be transmitted: pretty much any infected person’s body fluid can pass the infection along. Because tattoo artists are at risk of both exposure to blood and exposure to infected needles, the right training can literally save your life.

Why Do I Need the Certification?

In addition to being federally required, there are many reasons you need this blood-borne pathogens certification. We already mentioned the primary reason: because your life may be on the line!

A good training program will help you understand the kind of preventative maintenance that will mitigate your chance of infection. It will also make sure you know how to clean and sterilize your equipment so you don’t pass anything on to anyone else by accident.

Finally, your training will prepare you for true emergencies. If you fear that you or someone else has been infected, you will know what steps and precautions to take next.

Who Should I Get the Certification From?

There are many potential ways to get your certification. That leaves a big question: how should you get started? 

We recommend getting your certification through the American Red Cross. It is currently only thirty dollars to take the course, and all the training is completely online. That makes it easy to afford and easy to work into pretty much any schedule.

Just think: once you’re certified, you’re one step closer to your dream job as a tattoo artist!

Final Thoughts 

Now you know what the blood-borne pathogens certification is and why you need it. But do you know what step to take next? 

To continue your journey to becoming a tattoo artist, be sure to read the rest of our comprehensive articles here at Tattooing 101!