Updated: Feb 10, 2020
When talking about microblading, sanitation is not the first thing we think about, yet,
it may be the most important of all the microblading lessons.
We are dealing with a client's open wounds after all.
That's a responsibility not to be taken lightly.
Bloodborne pathogens ~ What are they?
Bloodborne pathogens are tiny, microscopic organisms that live in the blood and can cause infectious diseases in humans. Diseases such as Hepatitis B and C and viruses like HIV.
Those are only a few of the many diseases that can be spread through the blood. You can be infected with HBV, HCV, or HIV if you are stuck with a needle or other sharp object that has touched the blood or bodily fluids of a person who has one of these infections.
These infections can also spread if infected blood or bloody bodily fluids touch mucous membranes or an open sore or cut. Mucous membranes are the moist parts of your body, such as in your eyes, nose, and mouth.
~As microblading artists it is important to be trained in the possible transference of bloodborne pathogen so as to keep ourselves and our clients safe~
Since these pathogens are not visible to the naked eye, it is prudent to treat each and every client as though they have an infectious disease and take every precaution.
The spread of such diseases could happen as easily as the client touching her brows then touching the mirror which will then be passed on to the next client who holds the mirror.
Some pathogens such as, the Hepatitis B virus, can live up to a week on a dried environmental surface, which is why it is so important to be thorough in our clean up.
Being obsessive about sanitation would NOT be a bad thing!
Controlling Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
Everything you as the artist, and the client touches during and after the procedure must be first protected with barrier film and then also sanitized by using some medical grade sterilizing solution such as to wipe everything down with.
The microblading table must be wiped down with a hospital grade germicidal cleaner such as CaviCide, then protected further with a disposable bed sheet.
Blades are disposed of in one of the hard biohazard containers
and the pen is wiped down with a CaviWipe as well as the phone you used, the pencil's tip that you used to draw the eyebrows and even the Cavi container and the hard sharps biohazard container is not beyond being wiped down and sanitized.
A disposable table cover, disposable tray, the pigment rings, the gloves you were wearing, any disposable pens if you were using any, all are picked up into the table cover and thrown into the biohazard bag along with your gown and the client's gown and, finally, when everything has been disposed of and you have wiped down every surface, you will take off the gloves you are wearing in the manner taught in the BBP training
If you have an autoclave, all tools would go in for further sterilization.
Standard precautions that should be taken:
Have barrier film on all touchable objects such as, but not limited to:
The table's armrest if your table has one
Using the proper hand hygiene protocol
Properly using personal protective equipment like disposable gloves, gowns, hair caps and face mask
Disposing of sharp objects in a designated sharps containers
Carefully cleaning and disinfecting all potentially contaminated work surfaces and equipment with a sanitizing solution after each use, such as, but not limited to:
2. Non disposable microblading pens
6. Work tray
7. Brow mapping pencil
9. Pigment bottles
10. Hand mirror
Being careful to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth while or after providing care.
Taking a course in bloodborne pathogens is absolutely crucial. A comprehensive course on bloodborne pathogens (such as the one OSHA gives) is taken outside of a microblading course since most trainers are not qualified to offer bloodborne pathogens training. A course is required in most cities and by insurance companies, but even if it isn't required, it is a course that takes no more than one hour to complete and will ensure you and your client's safety.
It costs less than $20 to get certified. Use the links at the end of this article to get it for as low at $9.95. At that price you have no excuse not to do it.
As an added bonus the certificate will be reassuring for the clients to see.
It lets them know what a professional you are and that you care about their safety.
If an exposure incident does occur, it is important to immediately clean and sanitize the area of contact, write down what happened, and notify the proper personnel before seeking immediate medical attention.
As much as this article is meant to help keep you and your clients safe, it is far from complete and not a replacement for taking the actual course. It is written to show you the importance of taking the training.
I know I would never certify my students without their getting a bloodborne pathogen certificate.
Here is the link to OSHA : www.osha.gov/
Here is the OSHA link in Spanish: www.osha.gov/spanish/
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