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Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Services Settings

Personal services settings provide non-medical procedures designed to enhance a person's appearance or sense of well-being. These services can include:

  • Hair styling
  • Facials
  • Facial and body waxing
  • Make-up
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Laser
  • Electrolysis
  • Facial and body piercings
  • Micropigmentation
  • Tattooing.

The Porcupine Health Unit inspects these facilities to ensure that the public is safe from the transmission of blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. There can also be concerns related to skin infections, irritations, and breaking of the skin during these procedures.

We provide recommendations on policies and procedures for proper cleaning, disinfection, disposing, and/or sterilization of equipment, tools, and surfaces depending on the type of service(s) provided.

All operators of personal services settings should follow the recommendations stated in the Ontario Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings guideline.

Any questions or concerns from the public are welcome and can be directed to a Public Health Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 and by email at