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Tattoo Parlors' Medical Waste Disposal and
Compliance Solutions

As the manager or owner of a tattoo parlor, it’s critical that you know and understand the rules and regulations of safe and proper disposal of all the medical waste you generate. And while hospitals, physician’s offices and other heath care related organizations may have more types of waste, the waste you generate from performing tattoo art can be hazardous if it is not disposed of correctly. Take a look.

What Types of Medical
Waste Generated by Tattoo Parlors?

Tattoos are created by inserting needles into the skin and piercing through layers of epidermis. The needles come in contact with bodily fluids including blood. Because of this, the needles are considered medical waste. In addition to the sharps used in the process, there are other items and materials used that also can be classified as medical waste and pose a risk to people, animals and the environment if disposed improperly including:

  • Lancets

  • Gauze

  • Dressings

  • Needle covers

  • Gloves

  • Leftover ink

  • Cotton Swabs

  • Protective Gowns & other PPE

Risks of Improper Disposal

Just like all medical waste, tattoo parlor waste can be dangerous if accidental exposure occurs because the waste can contain bloodborne pathogens. Exposure can lead to several bloodborne diseases including: 

  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

  • Human Immunodeficiency (HIV)

  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) 

These diseases can cause serious health issues and lifelong conditions for those affected.

Managing Your Tattoo Parlor Waste

Medical Waste Services, LLC. can help you by providing full-service medical waste disposal for your tattoo parlor. We are a family owned company located in Harrison, Arkansas  and serve the entire Midwest Region, including Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Arkansas . Give us a call today or or click the button below to learn more about how we can serve you.


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Our Recommendations for 
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Additional Recommendation

Medical Waste Removal

ECO-GUARD Sharps Recovery Program

OSHA Compliance Training

Bundle medical waste removal and document destruction.:

  • By combining both services in one pick-up, your facility would save approx. 30% in service costs.

  • Fewer pickups means lesser carbon emissions into our environment.

  • One invoice with detailed billing

  • One singular vender

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