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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

Tattoo and Body Piercing →

View the inspection reports from tattoo and body piercing facilities in Middlesex-London.

Hair and Aesthetics →

View the inspection reports from facilities that provide hair and aesthetic services (e.g. pedicure) in Middlesex-London.

Role of the Middlesex-London
Health Unit

Public Health Inspectors inspect personal services settings annually. Our inspections are directed by the Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings protocol. (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, January 2009). 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.


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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

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

  • 519-663-5317 ext.2330
Date of creation: January 8, 2013
Last modified on: June 21, 2017