Body Art

Body art is defined as body piercing, tattooing, branding, scarification, subdermal implants, tongue splitting, transdermal implants, or the application of permanent cosmetics. Environmental health professionals play an important role in inspecting and regulating body art establishments where the practices of body art are performed.

NEHA Body Art Initiative

NEHA is dedicated to supporting environmental health professionals in the regulation and inspection of body art facilities and is proud to partner with the AFDO Body Art Committee and the Body Art Education Alliance. NEHA first introduced the Body Art Model Code in 1998. The NEHA Body Art Committee updated the Body Art Model Code in 2019 and created a supporting Annex. NEHA is also working with our partners to support environmental health practitioners and the body art industry with the following initiatives:
  • Body Art Training Needs Assessment
  • Body Art Inspection Training
  • Body Art Inspection Job Aids
  • Recommendations for areas of research related to body art
Contact for questions regarding our Body Art Initiative.

Body Art Resources

Please visit our resources page to find tools to support safe body art operations.

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Newly Released - Body Art Model Code Annex

The NEHA Body Art Model Annex was developed to provide justification, rationale, and best practices to support the requirements outlined in the NEHA Body Art Model Code. The Annex is available for state and local agencies and other organizations as a resource for updating body art codes and protecting public health.


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