Body Safe Reports: About Inspections

There are two main laws in Ontario for Personal Service Setting facilities that are enforced by Elgin St Thomas Public Health and other health units. One is The Health Protection and Promotion Act. The other one is the Health Hazard Regulation. Public Health Inspectors are allowed to inspect all places that sell provide beauty and body art services to customers. Inspections are meant to lessen the risk improper infection prevention and control practices that may cause harm to customers.

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health strives to work with owners/operators and staff of Personal Service Settings (PSS) to ensure that safe practices are provided to reduce the risk of transmission of blood borne and other types of infection for both clients and staff during the delivery of personal services. We are mandated by the province of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to conduct inspections of personal services settings.

These settings include:salon chairs

  • Acupuncture
  • Aesthetics and Electrolysis
  • Barber Shops and Hair Salons
  • Ear/Body Piercing
  • Tattooing, Micropigmentation, Scarring and other forms of Body Modification
  •  Massage/Body Rub Parlour

The Health Promotion and Protection Act (HPPA) is a law that allows for the enforcement of certain rules during inspections (called the Ontario Public Health Standards). 

In Ontario, the protocol that specifically guides the inspection of PSS facilities can be found here.


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