Personal services settings provide non-medical procedures designed to enhance a person's appearance or sense of well-being. These services can include:
Effective on July 1, 2018, the Ontario Regulation 136: Personal Service Settings came into effect. This brand new regulation sets out the requirements that owners and operators must comply with to offer safe services and reduce the risk of infection to the public and personal service workers.
Public Health Inspectors will continue to conduct regular inspections of personal service settings to monitor for infection prevention and control issues and compliance with Ontario Regulation 136/18. The new regulatory requirements align with the former Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Service Settings (2009) guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and therefore many of the requirements will be similar. A key difference between the guidelines and the regulation is that Public Health Inspectors are able to issue provincial offence tickets and impose fines if operators are not in compliance with the regulation.
Owners and operators have a legal responsibility to ensure that they and their employees understand and comply with the requirements under Ontario Regulation 136/18. Some of the requirements of the regulation include:
Infection Prevention and Control Guidebook
Personal service workers can request their copy of this great resource from their Public Health Inspector or by contacting their local office of the Porcupine Health Unit.
Additional resources, including disinfectant tables and signage, can be found on Public Health Ontario’s website (available in English only).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.