OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists: Online Course

Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control for Tattooing and Body Piercing

This course provides training as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR 1910.1030). Material covered in the course includes definitions of bloodborne pathogens, modes of transmission, universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, exposure control plans, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other information needed to the safety of the tattoo artist or body piercer.

Additional topics on infection control, aseptic techniques, and prevention of disease transmission are also included in this course. While these topics are not required as part of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, they are required by some states, and we highly recommend these topics even if it's not required in your location.

This course can be used as introductory training as well as satisfy OSHA's annual refresher requirement.

Access to Instructor

Note that the standard requires an opportunity for you to ask interactive questions and receive answers from the person conducting the training session. OSHA was asked if having a trainer available to answer any questions via email was considered to be in compliance with this requirement. In an interpretation letter OSHA states that "it is critical that trainees have an opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions where material is unfamiliar to them. Frequently, a trainee may be unable to go further with the training or to understand related training content until a response is received." Therefore, it is OSHA's policy that using an email system to answer questions is NOT considered direct access to a qualified trainer. If the qualified trainer is available through an interactive on-line exchange or via phone communication whenever a question arises, this is considered acceptable.

This training course complies with the instructor requirement by having an instructor available via online chat and toll free number to call if you have questions.

Course Fee
$49.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: OSHA (& Various State & Local Agencies)

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Topics include:
  • Introduction to bloodborne pathogens
  • Bloodborne diseases
  • Exposure control plans
  • Personal protective equipment and housekeeping
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • Information and training requirements
  • Recordkeeping
  • General Safety Practices
  • Infection Control
  • Prevention of Disease Transmission
  • Aseptic Techniques

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s Body Art Bloodborne Pathogens Course Online Class?

Persons engaging in tattooing, piercing and permament cosmetics activities who are exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while performing their routine work functions need to receive bloodborne pathogens training. This includes:

  • tattoo artists
  • body piercers; and
  • permanent cosmetologists

Are You a Tattoo Artist or Body Art Professional?

How can you avoid coming into direct contact with a client’s blood when giving them a tattoo or a piercing? What should you do if you do come into direct contact? As professionals who perform their work with needles, tattoo artists and body artists risk occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens on a daily basis. If you are in one of these fields, you must undergo bloodborne pathogens training to protect the health and safety of yourself and your colleagues in the workplace.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CFR 1910.1030) was created to protect all professionals whose job places them at risk of exposure to blood, blood components, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). By completing Eduwhere’s online bbp training, you will learn how to protect yourself from viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B as well as a number of other hazards.

Are You a Microblading Artist or Permanent Cosmetics Artist?

Where is the exposure control plan kept in your workplace? Have you had a Hepatitis B vaccination? Microblading artists and permanent cosmetologists (makeup artists who apply permanent cosmetics) need to know the answers to these and many other questions involving bbp. Many employees who work in the beauty and body art industries are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, as they frequently come into contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). These include microblading artists and permanent cosmetologists. These individuals must also complete bloodborne pathogen training to comply with the OSHA standard. Learning how to protect oneself and how to handle an exposure incident is extremely important for beauty and body art professionals.

Are You the Owner of a Tattoo or Body Piercing Art Parlor?

What should you do if one of your staff members comes into direct contact with a client’s blood? What should your exposure control plan include, and where should it be stored on your premises? To answer these questions and many more, it is particularly important for owners of tattoo or body piercing art parlors to complete bbp training. As a tattoo or body art business owner, you are responsible for protecting yourself as well as your staff from workplace hazards. Because both tattoos and body piercing use needles, it is imperative that owners of these types of businesses understand the risks of exposure to blood, blood components, or other potentially infectious material (OPIM).

This four-hour online course will equip owners of tattoo and body piercing parlors with the knowledge they need to ensure their own safety as well as that of their team.

Industries that Require OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training and Certification?

Since many cosmetic and body art industries involve the use of needles or other sharps and require close bodily contact between worker and client, many require annual bloodborne pathogen training. Any individual who risks exposure to blood, blood materials, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) must complete the yearly training to comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This includes individuals who work in tattoo art, tongue splitting, permanent cosmetics, scarification, transdermal implants, subdermal implants, microblading, permanent cosmetology, and branding.

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After completing this course, participants should be able to:
  • identify common bloodborne pathogens, their paths of transmissions, and symptoms of the disease
  • know what an exposure control plan is, what it contains and where it is located
  • recognize tasks which may lead to exposure of bloodborne pathogens and measures to take for protection
  • outline the steps to take following an exposure incident
  • know what is provided in a post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • explain the color coding and symbols used for biohazards
  • know the basics of infection control, aseptic techniques, and prevention of disease


Lorri L. White

Ms. White is one of the principals of Eduwhere and has over 22 years of experience in the environmental industry. This includes 10 years working for an environmental laboratory that performed analyses environmental matrices such as soil, water and air as well as tissue and blood samples. In addition to her hand's on experience, Ms. White has taken numerous training courses on bloodborne pathogens and related topics to stay current with developments in the field, and she is an OSHA approved instructor. Ms. White received a BS in Chemistry from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN and completed a year of graduate level studies in analytical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

4 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

Citation: 1910.1030(g)(2)(i)

Employers shall ensure that all employees with occupational exposure participate in a training program which must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours.

Training shall be provided as follows:

At the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place;

Within 90 days after the effective date of the standard; and

At least annually thereafter.

Excerpt from 1910.1030 via OSHA website.

How Often is Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Renewal Required?

According to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), bloodborne pathogens training for tattoo artists must be renewed every year. Eduwhere’s convenient online course can be taken as initial training upon beginning a career in tattoo art or body art or as yearly refresher training.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists?

For over 25 years, Eduwhere has provided affordable online bbp training to busy professionals in a variety of industries. Our bloodborne pathogens training for tattoo artists allows individuals who work in tattoo art, body art, body piercing, microblading, permanent cosmetics, and many more industries to complete vital bbp training at the time and location of their choosing.

Your OSHA-approved instructor is Lorri L. White. In just four contact hours, Ms. White will share valuable firsthand experience from over two decades in the environmental industry, including blood and tissue sampling, as well as up-to-the-minute knowledge of bbp standards and procedures. You will leave this course with a comprehensive understanding of common bloodborne pathogen transmission and symptoms, exposure control plans, tasks that put you at risk for bbp exposure, post-exposure protocol, biohazard symbols, infection control, aseptic techniques, and disease prevention.

Upon completing the course, you’ll receive a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet as proof of your training. You’ll also gain the peace of mind of knowing that you’re well prepared to protect yourself and your team from bbp hazards and are compliant with the requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

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Course FAQs

Yes! Oh, wait... no. Well, maybe. Oh right, yes!

This is a tough question, but we'll try to explain. This course has been designed to meet the training requirements of OSHA with regards to bloodborne pathogens. OSHA accepts online training, so taking this course should help you meet the training requirement. However, OSHA doesn't "approve" courses (not ours and not anyone else's either). It's a strange concept, but OSHA requires that the employer select training appropriate for their employees. So that means if you (or your employer) approves our training, then you can use it to satisfy the requirements.

However, some states, counties, and even municipalities have their own rules and regulations (and sometimes ornery inspectors) for body art and body piercing shops. If you are trying to satisfy the requirements of a state or local board, we strongly suggest you check with them prior to taking our course to make sure they accept online training. The vast majority of inspectors do, but we have run across at least one inspector who doesn't like online training. We're guessing he's not a big 'net surfer.

The good news is that our course has been approved by or meets the minimum training requirements of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Minnesota. The list is obviously not extensive, but that's because some states have no additional requirements while others don't proactively approve courses.

And as an added bonus, our course has been approved by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).
Yes, our course covers the minimum requirements for training of body art professionals as required by Minnesota state law, including "bloodborne pathogens, the prevention of disease transmission, infection control, and aseptic technique."

The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.