The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a free Body Art Educational Conference on February 26 - 27.

The annual conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing.

The Body Art Educational Conference will provide artists with information on medical waste regulations, nail salon air standards, permanent cosmetics, hepatitis B and C, autoclave operation, pathogen prevention and body art laws and regulations.

More than 14 percent of Americans are estimated to have at least one tattoo. In Michigan, nearly 800 facilities are currently licensed to provide tattoos, piercing and microblading, with another 100 awaiting license approval.

Although individual artists are not licensed by the state, Michigan law requires all tattooing, branding, microblading and body piercing be done in a licensed body art facility.

Online registration is closed for the event, but you can still sign in at the conference. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on February 26 with programs and presentations running from 9:30 a.m. - 4:55 p.m.

February 27 will feature blood borne pathogen certification training from 8:00 a.m. - Noon.