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Personal Service Settings

A personal service setting (PSS) is where certain services are offered and there is a risk of exposure to blood or body fluids. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Tattooing
  • Body and ear piercing
  • Hairdressing & barbering
  • Manicures & pedicures
  • Micro-blading/needling
  • Waxing
  • Facials
  • Permanent make-up
  • Eyelash extensions

The health risks of personal service procedures depend on a number of factors, including how invasive a procedure is; many procedures have the potential to cause serious illness or infection.

As a PSS owner or operator, it is your responsibility to provide your services in a clean and safe manner to decrease the risk of spreading infections to your customers and staff.

The government of Ontario recently release a new Personal Service Setting (PSS) Regulation that came into effect on July 1, 2018.  Our public health inspectors conduct inspections of all businesses that are based on this regulation and the Ontario Guide to the Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings, 3rd edition.  Business owners and operators are responsible for making sure services are offered according to the legislation and PSS best practices.  The information on this page is to help you comply with provincial requirements to protect your customers and staff from infectious diseases.

The Notification Form for PSS Businesses is completed by the owner or operator and forwarded to the health unit at least 14 days prior to opening or when adding new services and/or renovating an existing PSS.

all personal services operators who provide services at temporary events (e.g. fairs, tradeshows, etc) require a special event permit from the health unit.  For more information, please review our Special Events Fact Sheet.

Temporary events must comply with the applicable sections of the Ontario Personal Service Settings Regulation 136/18 and require health unit approval prior to operation.

Event organizer application forms are to be completed by the event coordinator and must be received by the health unit at least 30 days prior to the event.  The coordinator form will capture details such as on-site set-up, a complete list of PSS vendors, and other details such as washroom facilities and hand wash stations.

Any PSS vendor providing services to the general public must complete and submit a vendor application form to the health unit at least ten days prior to the event.

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