Beauty & Body Art

Are you thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing, visiting a spa or getting your nails done? Our job at Public Health is to inspect places that offer these types of services once a year to make sure they are providing you with safe services.

There are many ways that serious infection can be spread at the spa, nail salon or tattoo parlour if proper steps to clean and disinfect tools are not taken. As a customer, it’s important that you know what to look for to make sure you are receiving safe services to reduce your risk of exposure to infections like skin and nail fungus, hepatitis B, C or even HIV.

What should you look for?

  1. Visit before visiting the personal service setting to make sure the location has passed their Public Health inspection.
  2. Well lit, clean and organized work areas
  3. That tools, work surfaces and equipment being used are in good repair
  4. All workers wash their hands before and after tending to each client
  5. All tools and supplies are stored in a clean area (e.g., in covered containers)
  6. Creams and lotions are used in a way that doesn’t contaminate the original product (e.g., use of pumps to access products as opposed to putting fingers directly into jars to acquire the product)
  7. Clean sheets, towels, robes etc. are used for each client
  8. Paper liners and single-use items (e.g., emery nail files, drill bits, buffer blocks, pumice stones) are discarded in garbage after each use and never reused
Personal service settings are not regulated in Ontario. This means a person or business doesn’t need to get a license or meet standards to do their job. It’s up to the person to learn proper and safe service procedures.

Some service settings like nail or hair salons, or even tattoo parlours operate in homes which may not have been inspected by Public Health or an inspection has been refused. To make sure that you are receiving a service from an inspected premises, visit, to view Public Health inspection reports.

Public Health follows up on complaints received from the public relating to infection control practices at any personal service setting. To make a complaint, please call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4752. All reports are confidential.