When you go for a manicure, a haircut, or get a tattoo you want to be sure that you are in clean, safe hands. Operators must provide clean, safe services. It’s also important that customers know the risks and what to look for to make sure the service setting is a safe one.

Beauty and body art treatments carry with them the risk of spreading infection or disease. These infections can include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), skin and nail fungus.

The information on this page will help guide both operators and customers in making sure that treatments are carried out in a safe way.

What is a personal service setting?

Personal service settings are places that do:

  • Electrolysis
  • Eyelash/eyebrow tinting and eyelash extensions
  • Facials
  • Hair removal (laser, sugaring, threading, waxing)
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Massages
  • Micropigmentation
  • Nail services (manicures and pedicures)
  • Piercings (body and ear)
  • Skin care services
  • Tanning
  • Tattooing
  • Other aesthetic services

What role does the Health Unit play in protecting the public?

The Perth District Health Unit does routine inspections of personal services settings in Perth County at least once a year. Inspections help ensure a safe environment for both clients and workers.

The Health Unit also investigates complaints about the cleanliness or safety of a service.