After January 15, 2013, the term “double bagging” will be eliminated from administrative rule for body piercing and tattooing. The new language requires all garbage or waste be disposed of in a covered container with a garbage liner. This includes garbage within administrative areas of the facility.
The new language also requires all waste which contains blood or other potentially infectious materials be enclosed and secured in a glove or bag, then disposed of in a covered container with a garbage liner immediately following the service, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As of January 15, 2013, the practice of having two garbage liners in a trash can will no longer be an acceptable method of disposing of waste which contains blood or other potentially infectious materials.
In addition to the new language all facilities will be required to have biohazard labels or red biohazard bags available on the facility premises, to ensure that waste is labeled in accordance with OSHA standards. Current OSHA standards are available at