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In this lesson, you'll be learning how to properly store and label chemicals and hazardous waste. Cross-contamination is always a concern when mixing possibly contaminated objects, surfaces, and gloves with sterilized objects, surfaces, and gloves. Being super aware when handling any of the above items will be required.

To maintain a safe and sanitary environment in your tattoo or body art studio, it's vital that all supplies, equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and chemicals are stored properly and labeled appropriately with proper signage.

Proper Storage of Sterilized Supplies and Equipment

Properly storing machines, instruments, ink, PPE, and supplies used in body art procedures can help minimize the possibility of cross-contamination. Proper storage refers to two main components:

  1. Items are kept in closed storage.
  2. Closed storage areas are clean and dry and protected from dust, aerosols, and other chemicals.

Sterilized instruments should be placed in clean, dry, labeled, and covered containers or stored in labeled cabinets that can be closed and can still protect from dust and water contamination.

Pro Tip #1: Only handle sterilized packages with clean gloves. Touching sterilized items with bare hands or gloves that were used during a body art procedure can easily result in cross-contamination. The pathogen can then be transferred to the sterilized item once the package has been opened.

Pro Tip #2: On that same note, sterilized packages should always be evaluated before use and instruments should never be used if the package they came from was wet, torn, or punctured.

Bathrooms do not make for good storage rooms and should not be used to store machines, instruments, PPE, or any other supplies used in body art procedures.

Proper Storage of Chemicals

The most common chemicals in most body art studios are cleaning chemicals and disinfectants. All chemicals must be properly stored and labeled at all times, regardless of whether or not that chemical is hazardous or nonhazardous.

Proper labeling and storage can help prevent accidental contamination and misuse. The manufacturer's label must be present, as this will contain some vital information like the common product name, product ID, supplier ID, and the GHS pictogram and hazard statements.

Pro Tip #3: Never cover up or remove the manufacturer's label or hazardous information on any chemicals. For any reason!

In general, all chemicals must be stored in labeled, closed containers inside a closed storage area that can prevent contamination to machinery, instruments, ink, PPE, supplies, and work surfaces. Chemicals also must be used in a manner consistent with the manufacturer's label.

Proper Storage of Regulated Waste

For all biohazardous waste or sharps containers, warning labels must be attached to all containers used for the storage or transport of all potentially infectious materials. Labels must be orange or red/orange with a biohazard symbol in a contrasting color.

Every procedure area should have a container for the disposal of sharps waste that is:

  • Rigid
  • Puncture resistant
  • Leak-proof
  • Closeable
  • Sealable

This waste should be labeled with the words sharps waste or with the international biohazard symbol and the word biohazard. All bags or containers of regulated waste or contaminated laundry must also be labeled with the biohazard symbol and those same words.