The owner or operator is responsible for making sure that all their personal service workers know and use the infection control requirements found in the Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings. 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.

General Fact Sheets and Charts for Operators

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Best Practices

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care best practices document outlines general guidelines for all personal service settings and equipment as well as more specific requirements for certain services.

The section on “Routine Practices” describes strategies used with all clients. 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
  • equipment and environment

The remaining sections of the best practices document include:

  • 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.