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Proper Disposal of Medical Waste from Permanent Makeup

Here’s What You Need to Know

Microblading, microstroking, 3D permanent brows and dermal cosmetics are all processes that are used to create permanent makeup. These cosmetic techniques fall into the same category as tattooing and therefore, the waste that is generated during the processes is considered medical waste. Artists who perform these tasks must not only be properly licensed and insured to do their art, but also must follow the rules and regulations of disposal of the waste they generate in their facility. Take a look:

Permanent Makeup Facility Guidelines

Just like tattoo parlors, organizations that provide permanent makeup must comply with local, state and federal mandates on operations and waste disposal. While regulations vary from state to state, guidelines that are designed to protect the facility owner, staff and customers include:

  • All facilities must be licensed & insured
  • All artists & staff must be trained on safety and infection prevention
  • All artists & staff must be trained on and follow proper waste disposal procedures
  • Facilities must maintain a written infection prevention plan
  • Infection prevention plans must be changed when incidents occur or regulations change
  • Onsite training must take place when there are changes in procedures & tasks or new technology is adapted
  • Training records must be kept onsite for at least three years & be available for inspection upon request

Disposing of Waste

The art of permanent makeup is much like tattooing–needles and blades are used as well as other items that can cause infections or illnesses if disposed of incorrectly.

Artists and staff at these organizations must abide by the regulations for biohazardous medical waste disposal. Sharps, scalpels, blades and any other materials that are inserted into the body, as well as gauze, bandages, gloves and others, must be safely disposed of in the proper FDA approved medical waste containers. These containers must be managed and stored safely onsite, then picked up and disposed of by a professional medical waste disposal company.

Failure to take the appropriate steps in managing and disposing of waste can result in hefty fines and possible loss of license, not to mention putting staff, customers and the community at risk.

All Points Medical Waste provides full-service medical waste disposal to a variety of facilities and organizations throughout South Florida. We serve tattoo parlors, med spas, hospitals, treatment centers, physician offices, dental practices, veterinarians and many more. Give us a call today or fill out this form to find out how we can serve you in all your medical waste disposal needs.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Medical Waste. All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated medical waste disposal and compliance company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.
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