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Personal service establishments

A personal service establishment (PSE) is an establishment in which a person provides a service to or on the body of another person (e.g., an esthetician, tattoo artist or hair stylist).

Environmental Health reviews plans for, and inspects, PSEs. The goal is to ensure best practices of infection control and prevention are followed and that the risk of transmission of bloodborne and other types of infection is minimized for both the clients and the personal service workers.  Another goal is to ensure client safety when services are offered, such as posting warning signs for tanning and laser treatments.

Operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with legislation, health authority policies, municipal by-laws and for obtaining all licences and/or approvals required to operate.  Some procedures such as Botox injections and wart removal must be done by a regulated health professional under the Health Professions Act. See Ministry of Health page for more information . Contact your local health protection office if you have questions.

When do inspections occur?

Inspections are conducted prior to operation, on a regular basis and when complaints are received. An inspection report is provided to the operator to confirm compliance with regulations, or to advise changes required. 

View inspection reports online

Want to report a complaint?

If you have concerns about a facility and would like to make a report, please use our feedback form.

Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments:

Guidelines for Personal Service Establishments, Personal Services offered at Tradeshows, Body Modification, Floatation Tanks etc., are listed under the Ministry of Health website.


Related links:

Provincial legislation

Provincial guidelines

Ministry of Health

Health Canada information

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