Health Topics

Beauty & Body Art

Beauty and body art are referred to as “personal services” and places that offer these services are called personal services settings.

Personal service settings for beauty and body art include:

  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Places that provide manicures and pedicures
  • Places that provide waxing and facials
  • Tattoo studios
  • Body piercing shops
  • Places that provide ear piercing
  • Places that provide electrolysis
  • Places that provide permanent make-up services

Preventing infections at beauty and body art shops

Public health inspectors check personal services settings every year for:

  • personal hygiene
  • cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment
  • maintenance of the facility

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

Submit complaints about beauty and body art shops

If you have a concern about infection control and/or sanitary conditions at a beauty and body art business in Hamilton, contact a public health inspector by: 

To help us investigate the complaint, include:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number or email address where we can contact you for follow-up
  • Name of the business you wish to register a complaint about
  • Date of visit to the beauty and body art business
  • What service you received at the business
  • Any symptoms you have; talk to your doctor if you have an infection or rash