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Alaska Body Art Sterilization Guidelines

18 * Sec. 6. AS 08.13.080 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
19 (d) An applicant for a license to practice tattooing or body piercing shall
20 (1) satisfy the apprenticeship requirement of AS 08.13.082(d);
21 (2) demonstrate to the board or the board's designee safety, sanitation,
22 and sterilization techniques that indicate that the applicant has adequate knowledge of
23 infection control practices and requirements relating to tattooing or body piercing, as
24 applicable; this demonstration may, at the option of the board, be through a written
25 examination, a practical examination, or both; and
26 (3) pay the appropriate fee.
27 * Sec. 7. AS 08.13.082 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
28 (d) The period of apprenticeship required to qualify an applicant for a license
29 to practice either tattooing or body piercing is 75 hours for each vocation. The
30 apprentice must be at least 18 years of age when the apprenticeship commences. An
31 apprenticeship under this subsection
01 (1) shall be served in a licensed shop under a person who has a
02 practitioner's license under this chapter in the field in which the apprentice seeks
03 training;
04 (2) must include at least 12 hours of training in safety, sanitation,
05 sterilization, and other practices necessary to prevent transmission of diseases and
06 infection; and
07 (3) shall be completed in not less than six months and not more than
08 one year from the date of its commencement.


10 * Sec. 28. AS 44.46.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

11 (b) The department's regulations for tattooing and body piercing shops must
12 include requirements that
13 (1) the shop be equipped with appropriate sterilizing equipment, with
14 availability of hot and cold running water, and with an appropriate waste receptacle;
15 (2) the owner of the shop is responsible for ensuring that case history
16 cards are kept for each client for a period of three years after the client's most recent
17 tattooing or body piercing;
18 (3) a practitioner in the shop may use only tattooing and body piercing
19 instruments that have been sterilized in accordance with methods approved by the
20 department.
21 * Sec. 29. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section
22 to read:
23 TRANSITIONAL LICENSES. (a) Notwithstanding AS 08.13, as amended by this
24 Act, the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers shall issue a license to practice tattooing or body
25 piercing to a person who
26 (1) submits to the board by July 1, 2001, the proper application and fees;
27 (2) provides to the board satisfactory evidence that the person is 18 years of
28 age or older and has been practicing tattooing or body piercing for a fee for at least 12 of the
29 24 consecutive months immediately preceding the person's application date; and
30 (3) demonstrates to the board adequate safety, sanitation, and sterilization
31 techniques and knowledge of infection control practices and requirements.

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