In addition to General and Operational Requirements

Before the Service:

  • Inspect the skin. Do not treat inflamed or infected skin or skin with a rash.

Remember: You do not have to see blood or body fluids on instruments for an infection to occur!


  • All products such as lotions, and oils, must be dispensed in a manner that does not contaminate the remaining portion. These products cannot be re-used.
  • Reusable equipment and instruments must be cleaned and then disinfected (low to high level) between clients, chairs, tables, headrests, tanning units, hot stones – low level (high level if surfaces contaminated with blood and body fluids) and reusable protective eye wear (high level).
  • Equipment and instruments that cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected between clients are single-use such as disposable protective eye wear.
  • Equipment surfaces such as control unit, and door handles, touched by the worker or client during the procedure shall be cleaned and low level disinfected after each client.
  • Equipment such as sprayers, used that does not touch the client shall be cleaned at the end of the day as per manufacturer’s directions.
  • All clean items, instruments and equipment must be stored in a sanitary manner such as covered containers, when not in use.
  • All chemicals must be properly labelled with name of product and directions for use, especially if provided for client’s use.

Skin Cancer Prevention Act 2013

As of May 1st, 2014, it is illegal to sell, to offer for sale, or to provide tanning services of ultraviolet (UV) light treatments to anyone under 18 years old in Ontario under the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds) 2013.

Ultraviolet rays from tanning beds are known to cause skin cancer. International cancer experts have stated that tanning bed use increases the risk of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The risk is 75% if tanning bed use begins before the age of 35.

Refer to Health Canada’s revised Guidelines for Tanning Salon Owners, Operators and Users for information on:

  • Risks of tanning
  • Tanning safety guidelines
  • Protective eye wear to be used with tanning equipment
  • Products that increase sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation
  • Radiation emitting devices regulations
  • Criteria for exclusion for use of tanning equipment (minors, certain skin types)
  • Tanning salon operator knowledge questionnaire and answer key

Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings, January 2009

July 2015