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Operating a Body Art Facility

As a licensed operator of a body art facility, you are responsible for protecting the health of your clients by abiding by all state regulations. Please review the following information and resources, as they will be helpful in complying with these regulations.

Nationwide Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles, & Kits Due to Microbial Contamination

Licensing Application & Renewal

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) must license all body art facilities before opening. All licenses must be renewed annually.

For more information on licensing and regulations:


Self-Inspection Checklist

This checklist (366 KB) can be used as a general guide regarding what BCPH looks for during a health inspection at a body art facility.

Exposure Incident Record

Every time an operator at a body art facility comes in contact with bodily fluids (vomit, blood, etc.) or has a needle stick or other "sharps" incident, an exposure incident record (20 KB) must be filed. It then should be emailed to, or faxed to 303-441-1468.

Bloodborne Pathogen Classes

Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Boulder County Public Health strongly recommends that all body art operators receive vaccination for hepatitis B, as they are at an elevated risk. If an operator opts not to receive vaccination, they must sign this Hepatitis B waiver (11 KB), and it must be stored onsite.

Disease Prevention Guidelines

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers guidelines for preventing viral hepatitis in body art establishments.

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Body Art Program

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