Guidelines for Personal Services Vendors

Vendors offering tattooing, piercing, manicures, pedicures and / or permanent make-up at special events must be in full compliance with the Personal Service Settings Regulation 136/18 in addition to guidance from Niagara Region Public Health.

Failure to comply may result in Niagara Region Public Health’s refusal of the vendor to operate at the event and / or possible enforcement action(s).

Booth Requirements

You must provide the following items based on the service being provided.

  • A hand washing station, including:
    • A supply of potable water
    • Liquid soap in a dispenser
    • Single use paper towels
    • A container to catch waste water
    • A waste water disposal site to be provided (grey water)
  • A garbage receptacle
  • Appropriate disinfectant (service specific) - refer to the chart below
  • If using pre-packaged, pre-sterilized implements (service specific), the colour indicator must be visible on the packaging and originate from an approved supplier
  • Surfaces, including flooring, must be tight fitting, non-absorbent and readily cleanable
  • Adequate lighting for both indoors or outdoors
  • Surgical gloves must be provided for invasive procedures
  • Covers are needed for cords and the tattoo machine
  • Clean covered containers used to store clean implements / equipment and are labelled CLEAN
  • Clean covered containers used to store used implements / equipment and are labelled DIRTY
Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Instruments
Classification Item Procedure
Critical Any item used for an invasive procedure (intended to penetrate the skin). Thorough cleaning followed by sterilization is required. Needles must be single use, pre-packaged, and pre-sterilized.
Semi-critical Items that may accidentally penetrate skin body surfaces and/or come into contact with blood or body fluid. Thorough cleaning followed by high or intermediate level disinfection is required. Some examples include: tweezers, ear piercing gun (with disposable cartridge), and manicuring instruments.
Non-critical Items that come in contact but do not penetrate intact skin or those that do not ordinarily touch the skin. These items do not contact blood or body fluids. Thorough cleaning followed by low level disinfection is required. Examples include: chairs / work tables.

If cleaning and disinfecting is to be done on-site at the event:

  • Areas designated for cleaning and disinfecting of all dirty equipment must be separated from the service area by at least one metre
  • You must have a sink large enough to clean the largest piece of equipment. Public washroom sinks are not an acceptable alternative for cleaning dirty instruments.
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