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Personal service settings

Prevention of infection in personal service settings

Personal services settings can include places like hairdressing and barber shops, tattoo and body piercing studios, electrolysis and various other aesthetic services. Public Health conducts inspections of these types of service settings to help prevent the spread of possible infections.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care publishes the Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings guide that outlines minimum standards of infection control for personal services settings in Ontario.


Information for customers of personal service settings


Body art (tattoos, piercings) (PDF) – reducing the risk, checklist and questions before choosing a tattoo or body piercing artist.

Salon Safety - Public Health Inspectors offer a few tips on what to watch for at your hair salon or barber of choice. Watch:

Fact sheets for personal services providers:


Watch the video below for information on how to clean and disinfect a pipeless footbath.


How to clean and disinfect a pipeless footbath with Vietnamese subtitles.