"Masks, Eye Protection, and Face Shields. Masks in combination with
eye protection devices, such as goggles or glasses with solid side
shields, or chin-length face shields, shall be worn whenever splashes,
spray, spatter, or droplets of blood or other potentially inectious
materials may be generated and eye, nose, or mouth contamination can be
"Surgical mask...were not designed or approved...as respiratory protective
devices." Summary OpCit p.51
"...respirators are not recommended for protection against bloodborne
disease because there is no evidence that bloodborne pathogens can be or
have been transmitted in the healthcare workplace by the respiratory
"Assuming a 'worst case' of a single virion infectivity and knowing the
capability of minute aeosols to remain suspended in air and therefore
spread widely throught the facility, respiratory protection would be
necessary for essentially every person within the facility. However, if
such a situation were true, the Agency would expect seroconversion
rates to be drastically increase among those exposed; but this does
not appear to be the case."Summary, p.52"
"OSHA is not aware of specific engineering controls and work practices
that are currently available to address control of aerosols." p.51
...the Agency (OSHA) lacks sufficient information in some important areas
which it feels must be obtained before it can require employers to
control exposures to aerosols...CDC and NIOSH...are unaware of research
indicating viability of these viruses (HIV and HBV) in aerosols."
Masks not appropriate.
During Tattoo and Piercing, eye, nose
and mouth contamination would not be "reasonably anticipated" from
splashes, spray, spatter or droplets of blood. Therefore, the use
of masks, eye protection and face shields would not be appropriate to
the task being performed.