A recent Ontario regulation means changes for personal service settings; the Huron County Health Unit is offering a free education session about the regulation this November to owners and operators who provide these services.
On July 1, 2018, Ontario Regulation 136/18: Personal Service Settings came into effect. The regulation covers settings that provide personal services, including hairdressing and barbering, massages, nail services (manicures and pedicures), piercings (body and ear), tattooing, skin care services and many more.
The regulation sets out the requirements that owners and operators must comply with to offer safe services and reduce the risk of infection to the public and personal service workers.
Many of the requirements are similar to 2009 guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. A key difference between the guidelines and the new regulation is that Public Health Inspectors are able to issue provincial offence tickets and impose fines if operators are not in compliance with the regulation.
“Regulations can be challenging to understand,” says Roxana Nassiri, Public Health Inspector. “So this November the Huron County Health Unit is offering a free educational session on the new regulation to PSS owners, operators and staff.”
The session will outline the requirements of the new regulation, and public health inspectors will answer questions and address concerns from participants.
Interested PSS owners, operators or staff members can choose from two dates: Monday, November 5 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or Monday, November 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no cost to attend and a snack will be provided. To register, please call Deb at 519-482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143 before Oct. 29.
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