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Persons with infected wounds, open sores, boils, abrasions, or weeping dermatological lesions should avoid working where there is a likelihood they could contaminate healthcare supplies, body art equipment, or working surfaces. A worker’s skin should be free of rash or infection. Healthcare workers, tattoo artists and caregivers should cover any sores with bandages to avoid the potential spread of disease.
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Skin contains blood vessels, sensory receptors, nerves, and sweat glands. It is made up of the Epidermis and the dermis and varies in thickness from 1.5 to 4 mm or more. Our skin is our first line of defence against infection and there are three layers:
Unclean tattooing or body art is a high risk activity for bloodborne pathogens because it involves multiple punctures of the skin to instill pigment into the dermis.The Hypodermis– is just below the skin, it is the fatty layer and is also called the subcutaneous layer.
There are many commonly spread skin diseases:
Some people with the following conditions are more prone to skin disorders. Healing may be adversely affected by receiving tattoos or body art: