New Ontario Regulation 136: Personal Services Settings

As of July 1st, 2018, the new Ontario Regulation 136: Personal Service Settings came into effect under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This brand new regulation sets out the requirements that owners and operators must follow to offer safe services to the public.

For more information visit our New Regulations page.

The owner or operator is responsible for making sure that all their personal service workers know and use infection prevention and control best practices. The goal is to reduce the risk of blood borne and other types of infection for both clients and personal service workers.

Infections can spread even when the skin is not broken or pierced. Each type of personal service must be provided in a way that prevents infections from spreading.

New! Guide to Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings

Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices

The following pages provide more information on infection prevention and control, including general information for all personal service settings and equipment as well as more specific requirements for certain services. The information is adapted from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care guideline, Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Service Settings (2009).

The page on “Routine Practices for Personal Service Settings” describes strategies used with all clients to reduce the risk of transmission of infection. The strategy used will depend on the service delivered, but could include one or all of the following:

  • hand washing and hygiene
  • gloves
  • face protection
  • gowns
  • cleaning and disinfecting or sterilizing reusable equipment
  • safe disposal of single-use equipment

The remaining pages include information on:

  • General guidelines for equipment, instruments and supplies
  • Operational requirements for personal service settings
  • Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
  • Health and personal hygiene
  • Blood and body fluid exposure response procedures
  • Additional guidelines for specific personal services. Examples are manicures, pedicures and nail treatments, electrolysis and laser hair removal, tattooing and micropigmentation, body piercing, ear lobe piercing, acupuncture, hairdressing and barbering.

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact a Public Health Inspector at 519-271-7600 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 extension 252.

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