"Persons with occupational risk. HBV is a major infectious occupational
hazard for health care and public safety workers. ...If those task involve
contact with blood or blood-containing body fluids, such workers should be
"Since tattooing and
piercing generate blood, workers in this industry would fall under the scope
of the standard.
"... it is OSHA's position that in the tattooing and piercing
industry...employees with occupational exposure to blood...must be afforded
full coverage of the standard, including, but not limited to: the hepatitis
B virus vaccination..." Standard Interpretations OpCit 07/29/02
"Risks...are often highest during the
professional training period.
For this reason, when possible, vaccination
should be completed during training..."
Section 9 -IX Summary
and Explanation of the Standard p.2
Hepatitis B Vaccination and Post-exposure Evaluation and Follow-up--
The employer shall make available the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination
series to all employees who have occupational exposure, and post-exposure
evaluation and follow-up to all employees who have had an exposure incident.
The employer shall ensure that all medical
evaluations and procedures including the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination
series and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, including prophylaxis,
Made available at no cost to the employee;
Made available to the employee at a reasonable time and place;
Performed by or under the supervision of a licensed physician or by or under
the supervision of another licensed healthcare professional; and
Provided according to recommendations of the U.S. Public Health Service
current at the time these evaluations and procedures take place, except as
specified by this paragraph (f).