Personal Services

Algoma Public Health

Personal Services

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Personal services are any services done to or on the body of another person for aesthetic or cosmetic enhancements. These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Hair styling
  • Barbering
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Tattooing and piercing
  • Facials
  • Waxing

Many of the activities conducted at personal service settings can pose a significant health risk to clients, therefore proper infection control practices must be followed. 


If you offer a personal service within the district of Algoma, the requirements within O. Reg. 136/18: Personal Service Settings under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (effective July 1, 2018) apply to your business. 

In addition to O. Reg. 136/18, personal service settings should also follow the guidance set out in Public Health Ontario's Guide to Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings


The personal service settings regulation and the guide apply to all personal services settings in the Province of Ontario, including those operated from private homes.

Public Health Inspectors routinely inspect personal service settings in Algoma to ensure operators are using proper infection control practices. If you want to get a tattoo or other personal service, make sure you go to an inspected facility.


Before receiving a personal service view our Online Inspection Report Database


Facility Complaint Form


If you have a complaint of a personal service, please fill out our Facility Complaint Form.


PSS Notification Form

If you are an owner/operator of a Personal Service Setting (PSS) who is:


  • Renovating
  • Adding a new service
  • Planning to open

Please fill out our PSS Notification Form to receive follow-up from one of our Public Health Inspectors.


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: May 26, 2022