Hand Washing Products
Employers shall provide hand washing facilities which are readily accessible to employees.
When provision of hand washing facilities is not feasible, the employer shall provide either an appropriate antiseptic hand cleaner in conjunction with clean cloth/paper towels or antiseptic towelettes. When antiseptic hand cleaners or towelettes are used, hands shall be washed with soap and running water as soon as feasible.
Explanation, Section 9 - IX p44/129 ... requiring employers to provide ...Facilities for proper hand washing need to be readily available in all areas where occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens is anticipated.
Recommendations for Tattooing Practices, NewYorkCity DOHMH(5)(.1)
A separate handwashing sink equipped with liquid soap, hot and cold running water and paper towels must be available in the work area.
OSHA 1910.1030(d)(2)(v) Employers shall ensure that employees wash their hands immediately or as soon as feasible after removal of gloves or other personal protective equipment.
OSHA 1910.1030(d)(2)(vi) Employers shall ensure that employees wash hands and any other skin surface with soap and water, or flush mucous membranes with water immediately or as soon as feasible following contact of such body areas with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Explanation, Section 9 - IX p44/129
...OSHA has long recognized hand washing as a major precept of infection control.
...employees must wash their hands immediately or as soon as possible after removal of gloves...
...Because gloves may not provide complete protection, basic hand washing remains a fundamental element of infection control practices.
We believe that hand washing must be stringently enforced."
Handwashing Sink by Westley Wood
"Hands and other skin surfaces should be washed
immediately and thoroughly if contaminated with blood or OPIM..."
"Immediately and thoroughly wash hands and other skin surfaces that are contaminated with blood...fluids to which universal precautions apply." CDC, Update: Universal Precautions (Ex. 6-426)
Recommendations for Tattooing Practices, New York City
Surgical hand disinfection is another matter.
"Both aspects of scrubbing (initial reduction and the subsequent
Fortunately, in the tattoo process the skin oozes
Hand washing suggestions, such as a scrub up the elbows,
for an ear piercing
Patient care requires consideration of more particular
For example, we shake hands without fear in public.
Should we as quickly shake hands with nurses and doctors in a hospital
As tattooist/piercers we have the same rights as any other group not to be burdened with requirements that are inappropriate for the circumstances especially if the rish is negligibile and not likely. Our circumstances don't require surgical hand scrubs up to the elbows before and after procedures. Hands should be maximally free of dirt and contamination by routine hand washing procedures and soap and water is sufficient.
2. Which microbial flora should be removed or killed.
There are different microbes presenting different levels
of threat that depend on conditions. We would not expect that
personal hygiene emulate surgical hand scrubs, so there are levels of
appropriate and differing requirements.