Prevention of contamination risks

The video shows how to protect yourself and your clients against blood-borne diseases, and how bacteria and viruses can spread easily and contaminate the workplace.

As a tattoo artist, you love your craft and you guarantee the quality of your work. A rapid recovery of the tattoo is very important for the final result. Working according to hygiene standards is part of your craftsmanship.

prevention of contamination risks

Working hygienically means protecting yourself and your clients against blood-borne diseases. Ask your client about allergies or other conditions. Check if their skin is healthy. Before placing the tattoo, give your client written information on the risk of infection and other complications. Have your client sign a consent form. You will sign this too. In doing so, you declare working according to hygiene standards. Hand your client a copy of the filled-out form. If you don't work hygienically, bacteria and viruses can easily spread and will end up contaminating your workplace. If you prick your finger on a used needle you risk contracting a blood-borne disease such as hepatitis B.

Because hepatitis B is so contagious, it pays to get vaccinated. After three jabs, you will be protected for a long time, or for life. If you prick your finger, let the wound bleed out and rinse it properly. Stick a plaster on it and contact your GP or the local Public Health Service. Dispose of used needles immediately in the UN needle container. The container should contain the UN hallmark and the number 3291. The hygiene standards for tattooing can be found on the RIVM website. There you can read the rules once more.