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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 41. Board For Barbers And Cosmetology
Chapter 60. Body-Piercing Regulations

18VAC41-60-160. Body-piercing apprenticeship curriculum requirements.

Body-piercing apprenticeship curriculum requirements are set out in this section:

1. Microbiology:

a. Microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, fungi;

b. Transmission cycle of infectious diseases; and

c. Characteristics of antimicrobial agents.

2. Immunization;

a. Types of immunizations;

b. Hepatitis A—G transmission and immunization;


d. Tetanus, streptococcal, zoonotic, tuberculosis, pneumococcal, and influenza;

e. Measles, mumps, and rubella;

f. Vaccines and immunization; and

g. General preventative measures to be taken to protect the body piercer and client.

3. Sanitation and disinfection:

a. Definition of terms:

(1) Sterilization;

(2) Disinfection and disinfectant;

(3) Sterilizer or sterilant;

(4) Antiseptic;

(5) Germicide;

(6) Decontamination; and

(7) Sanitation;

b. The use of steam sterilization equipment and techniques;

c. The use of chemical agents, antiseptics, disinfectants, and fumigants;

d. The use of sanitation equipment;

e. Pre-service sanitation procedure; and

f. Post-service sanitation procedure.

4. Safety:

a. Proper needle handling and disposal;

b. How to avoid overexposure to chemicals;

c. The use of Material Safety Data Sheets;

d. Blood spill procedures;

e. Equipment and instrument storage; and

f. First aid and CPR.

5. Blood borne pathogen standards:

a. OSHA and CDC blood borne pathogen standards;

b. Control Plan for blood borne pathogens;

c. Exposure Control Plan for Body Piercers;

d. Overview of compliance requirements; and

e. Disorders and when not to service a client.

6. Professional standards:

a. History of body piercing;

b. Ethics;

c. Recordkeeping:

(1) Client health history;

(2) Consent forms; and

(3) HIPAA Standards (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule);

d. Preparing station, making appointments, salon ethics:

(1) Maintaining professional appearance, notifying clients of schedule changes; and

(2) Promoting services of the salon and establishing clientele;

e. Salon management:

(1) Licensing requirements; and

(2) Taxes; and

f. Supplies:

(1) Usages;

(2) Ordering; and

(3) Storage.

7. Body piercing:

a. Client consultation;

b. Client health information;

c. Client disclosure form;

d. Client preparation;

e. Sanitation and safety precautions;

f. Implement selection and use;

g. Proper use of equipment;

h. Material selection and use;

i. Grade of jewelry; and

j. Metals to use.

8. Body-piercing procedures:

a. Ear lobe;

b. Helix—ear;

c. Concha—ear;

d. Tragus—ear;

e. Tongue;

f. Navel;

g. Eyebrow;

h. Lip;

i. Septum;

j. Nostril;

k. Male nipple;

l. Female nipple;

m. Monroe (face cheek);

n. Prince Albert (male genitalia);

o. Frenum (male genitalia);

p. Clitorial hoods (female genitalia); and

q. Labias (female genitalia).

9. Virginia body-piercing laws and regulations.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

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