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.
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 pathogens 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 we need to 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 in this business would NOT be a bad thing!
Controlling Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
The microblading table must be wiped down with a hospital-grade germicidal cleaner such as CaviCide, then protected further with a disposable bed sheet.
A disposable table cover, the pigment rings, the gloves you were wearing, any disposable pens if you were using, are all picked up into the table cover and thrown into the biohazard bag along with the disposable gown. 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
Standard precautions that should be taken:
Have barrier film on all touchable objects such as, but not limited to:
1. Hand mirror
3. Lights at the touchpoints
5. Pigment bottle
6. The table or chair's armrest
Use the proper hand hygiene protocol
Use personal protective equipment like disposable gloves, gowns, hair caps, and face mask
Dispose of sharp objects in a designated sharps containers
Carefully clean and disinfect all potentially contaminated work surfaces and equipment with a sanitizing solution after each use, such as but not limited to:
2. Nondisposable microblading pens
6. Work tray
7. Brow mapping pencil
9. Pigment bottles
10. Hand mirror
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 as $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 Bloodborne Pathogen course. It is written to show you the importance of taking the training.
Here is the link to OSHA: www.osha.gov/
Here is the OSHA link in Spanish: www.osha.gov/spanish/