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)

For help call Toll-Free 866-523-9108

Group Discount Information


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 Attend

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


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.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

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.