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Beauty And Body Art Safety

What is beauty and body art? Beauty and body art refers to personal services, which are done on your body. Services include anything from hair cutting to tattooing and everything in between. Places that offer these services are referred to as personal services settings.


Personal Services include but are not limited to:

  • Haircutting and Barbering
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Esthetics such as Waxing and Facials
  • Tattooing and Micropigmentation (Permanent Make-up)
  • Body Piercing
  • Ear Piercing
  • Electrolysis

Inspection Reports

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The Health Unit’s inspection disclosure website includes inspection reports for personal service settings.

Notice of Intent to Operate or Alter Personal Services Settings

Please download and complete the Notice of Intent to Operate or Alter Personal Services Settings Form (PDF) 14 days prior to the planned opening date or start of renovation. Return this form to the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 355 Wellington St., London (inside Citi Plaza), or by fax (519-663-8241) or email at

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Role of the Middlesex-London Health Unit

Public Health Inspectors inspect personal services settings annually. Our inspections are directed by the Personal Service Settings Guideline, 2019 (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, February 2019). This protocol sets out minimum standards for operators in the areas of personal hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment, and maintenance of the facility to help protect the public.

Infection Control

It is important that proper infection control practices are followed at all times to reduce the risk of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV as well as other bacterial and fungal infections. It is important to remember that you do not have to see blood or body fluids on equipment or surfaces for infections to spread.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is committed to:

  • working with owners, operators and staff of personal services settings to ensure safe services are provided
  • reducing the risk of getting infections while receiving personal services.

Additional Information

Contact Us

If you have a concern about a personal services setting, please contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit's Infectious Disease Control Team at 519-663-5317.

Date of creation: January 8, 2013
Last modified on: March 23, 2023