Note: Your progress in watching these videos WILL NOT be tracked. These training videos are the same videos you will experience when you take the full California Compliant Bloodborne for Body Art program. You may begin the training for free at any time to start officially tracking your progress toward your certificate of completion.

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Welcome to ProTraining's Bloodborne for Body Art training course. In this lesson, we'll give you a run-down of what you can expect from your course, what's included in the course, and the OSHA requirements that this course meets and maybe even exceeds.

Pretend for a second that you're a body artist (should be easy) who regularly comes into contact with client's blood and bodily fluids on occasion and answer the following questions:

  • Do you know how to protect yourself from bloodborne diseases?
  • Do you know what potential diseases you may face if you come into contact with someone's blood or bodily fluids?
  • Would you know what to do if a client started bleeding and blood got on the floor, surfaces, and tools and equipment?

Well, not to worry. The goal of this ProBloodborne for Body Art training course is to help you answer these questions with a resounding, yes. We'll provide you with all the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent you from getting a disease from a bloodborne pathogen.

Will ProBloodborne for Body Art Meet OSHA's Requirements?

This ProBloodborne for Body Art training course is intended for body artists who need OSHA compliant bloodborne pathogens and infection control training. It follows the requirements of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) that requires the following:

  1. Training must be given at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place.
  2. Annual training for all employees shall be provided within one year of their previous training.
  3. Employers shall provide additional training when changes such as the modification of procedures or tasks or the institution of new tasks or procedures affect the employee's occupational exposure. This additional training may be limited to addressing the new exposures created.

Pro Tip #1: As a body artist, you can face exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases when you perform tattoos, piercings, and the like. Keep in mind as you progress through this course the importance of what you're learning. All it takes is one misstep or poor decision to impact your life in profound and negative ways. So, while OSHA is requiring you to be here, it's also in your best interest to get as much from this course as you can.

(As you move through this course's written content, you'll be greeted with periodic Pro Tips and Warnings. Just like the Dummies series of books you're likely familiar with, these sections are of particular importance and should be given special consideration.)

What is Included in the ProBloodborne for Body Art Course?

This course includes the following bloodborne pathogens and infection control training:

  • Basic terms related to bloodborne pathogens
  • How bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases are spread
  • Infection control for body artists
  • Medical issues with tattoo and piercings
  • Sterilization procedures for body art professionals
  • The Safe Body Art Act AB300
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • How you can reduce your risks of exposure
  • Engineering controls
  • Work practices to protect yourself
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Skin diseases
  • Exposure control plans
  • Proper cleanup and decontamination procedures
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Procedures to follow if an exposure incident occurs

This course is intended to be no less than two hours of valuable training related to bloodborne pathogens and infection control, especially related to the body art profession. In other words, we created this course specifically for you!

The entire course consists of lecture videos, written course lessons, as well as opportunities for you to ask questions if they arise via chat, email, or phone. Simply connect with the instructor if you ever have questions.

Pro Tip #2: As we learn better by doing, it's important to practice the skills you'll be learning in this course, such as putting on clean gloves, removing contaminated gloves, cleaning contaminated surfaces, tools, and equipment, and even practicing how to wash your hands appropriately. Some of it may seem silly – like washing your hands – but we assure you it's not!

At the conclusion of your lecture series and after your practice with hands-on components, you'll move on to taking your written test. Passing the test will verify that you have retained the valuable information required to be certified for your annual bloodborne pathogens training, specifically for body artists.

We also would like to encourage you to opt in to our reminder emails – weekly emails that provide additional training videos just a couple minutes long that will cover a new topic on bloodborne pathogens and infection control. The emails arrive weekly until it's time to renew the following year.

To conclude your introductory course lesson, we want to thank you for coming to ProTrainings for your bloodborne pathogens training program. Now, let's get started!