Everyday hundreds of people access hair salons, barbershops, esthetic services, tattoo parlours, body piercing establishments, and full service spas. While currently these places do not fall under any specific regulation, public health inspectors do inspect establishments in the health unit jurisdiction that they are aware of, at least once a year. During these inspections, it is determined if “best practices” are being followed to prevent blood borne infections such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, and other generalized infections from being transmitted to their clients. Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act inspectors take actions to reduce or remove any identified health hazards with respect to personal services settings.
Information for Clients
The health unit encourages clients to be informed before choosing to have a personal service performed. Taking a few minutes to ensure you are aware of the risks posed by these services will allow you to make an informed decision about where you choose to go. The following resources will help you know what questions to ask and what to look for when seeking personal services.
Infection Prevention and Control Lapses in the Beauty and Body Art Setting
Many personal service settings use re-useable equipment and instruments between clients that may pose a risk of infection. When best practices are in place and followed this risk is significantly reduced. Best practices include but are not limited to: a setting that is designed for ease of cleaning and disinfection including surfaces and equipment, regular handwashing, proper use of gloves, the use of disposable instruments or instruments that have undergone appropriate sterilizing procedures, and providing written aftercare instructions.
Infection Prevention and Control Lapses occur when best practices are not followed posing a risk of infection to both clients and staff at the personal service setting. Infections may be spread during procedures even when skin penetration does not occur.
All health units are required to publicly post lapses in infection prevention and control on their websites when identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral, or through communicable disease surveillance.
Information for Service Providers
Are you considering operating a personal services establishment? This section will provide you with resources on “best practices” to protect yourself, your staff and your clients from diseases that can be transmitted in these settings. Personal Services Settings do require a public health inspection, so please notify the health unit prior to opening as public health inspectors are there to assist you.
Service Specific Information: