Salons and Body Art Studios

Changes under the Health Protection and Promotion Act – Ontario Regulations 136/18, Personal Service Settings (PSS)

To operators of personal service settings (PSS),

Please be advised that the Ontario government recently introduced a new regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) – the Personal Service Settings Regulation. This regulation came into effect on July 1, 2018. A copy of the regulation is available online.

The Regulation includes requirements for:

  • Notice of intention to operate, provide additional services, and construct or renovate (that is not routine maintenance);
  • Results of inspections to be posted;
  • Obtaining information (name and contact information) from PSS clients and providing information to PSS clients;
  • Prohibition of ear candling/coning and any services involving aquatic species including fish pedicures (note that the Act also prohibits the implantation of eye jewellery under the conjunctiva and scleral tattooing);
  • Settings (for example, lighting and ventilation, potable hot and cold running water);
  • Animals;
  • Equipment (for example, maintaining equipment in good repair and in a sanitary condition);
  • Products (for example, storage and dispensing in a manner that prevents contamination);
  • Employee hygiene;
  • Operator training; and requirements for record-keeping.

What this means for you: As of July 1, 2018, all PSS operators must be in compliance with the requirements set out in the Regulation. If a PSS operator or staff are found to be non-compliant with requirements of the Regulation, it may result in a conviction and/or fines (including tickets being issued) under the Provincial Offences Act. Learn more about your requirements [PDF].

NOTE: As of May 1, 2018, no person, other than a regulated health professional, can sell, offer for sale or provide eye tattooing or implant eye jewellery. Learn more about these changes [PDF].

The Huron County Health Unit is committed to:

  • Working with owners, operators and staff of personal services settings to ensure safe services are provided
  • Reducing the risk of getting infections while receiving personal services.

Owners/operators in the personal service industry have a crucial role in protecting the health and safety of clients and workers. If you intend to open a salon or studio please contact the Huron County Health Unit. A public health inspector will help guide you through the general operational requirements [PDF]. Operators also need to contact the health unit if food or drink is being served to clients.

The Ontario government has minimum standards for infection control practices .These best practices apply to any facility, service, or person offering services where there is a risk of exposure to blood or body fluids. This includes special events where these services are offered temporarily. It is important that proper infection control practices are followed at all times to reduce the risk of blood-borne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus  (HIV) as well as other bacterial and fungal infections. It is important to remember that you do not have to see blood or body fluids on equipment or surfaces for infections to spread.

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If you have a question please call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free at 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to a public health inspector on the Environmental Health team.