Thinking of going to the spa for a manicure or pedicure? How about getting a tattoo or piercing? Be sure to know the risks and be safe before heading out to indulge in beauty & body art services.

Watch the Public Health and You: Salon and Spa Safety video on YouTube. 

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Most providers of beauty & body art services make a diligent effort to keep their customers and themselves safe from contracting harmful infections and diseases, but it takes a constant effort to keep instruments and maintain a safe environment.


How are beauty & body art service providers inspected?

Businesses that offer beauty & body art services such as hairstyling, barbering, nail treatments (manicures and pedicures), tattooing, and piercing are inspected at least once per year by Region of Waterloo Public Health Inspectors.

For more information on what to look for when going to receive beauty & body art services, click on Public Information above.

Information is also available for service providers, owners, and operators of services under the Owner and Operator Information section.


How can I find information about beauty & body art service inspections?

Check it! We inspect it. is your access to public health inspection results in Waterloo Region.

To look up the latest health inspection results for beauty & body art businesses click here.

On this website you will also find inspection results for food and public recreational water facilities.


New Ontario Law Bans Youth under 18 from Using Tanning Beds

As of May 1st, 2014, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013 bans youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. As youth are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation, this law aims to reduce the likelihood of youth being exposed to artificial UV radiation at a young age.
No tan is a safe tan. Tanning bed use increases the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. This risk of melanoma is 75% greater if tanning bed use begins before the age of 35.

For information on the new requirements for owners and operators of tanning services, click here.

For more information on the harmful health risks such as skin cancer related to tanning, click here.

For additional information, visit or call Region of Waterloo Public Health, 519-575-4400, ext. 5147.


How can I get more information?

Contact Region of Waterloo Public Health and talk to a Public Health Inspector at 519-575-4400 ext. 5147.