Health, Seniors and Active Living
Personal Service Facilities
Operators of personal service facilities in Manitoba must maintain and operate their establishments in a way that prevents health hazards from occurring. These guidelines are designed to assist the operators of personal service facilities in preventing the transmission of communicable diseases (i.e. Hepatitis B, staph, HIV) or infestations (head lice, body lice) from common-use articles and sharp instruments.
Public health officials will use these guidelines when assessing whether a personal service facility is being operated in accordance with The Public Health Act.
- Personal Service Facility Guidelines - November 2013
- Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Personal Services: Tattooing, Ear/Body Piercing, and Electrolysis - [Health Canada]
Before any Body Modification Establishment can commence operation in the City of Winnipeg, the operator requires a PERMIT TO OPERATE issued by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL). Any new, or remodelled establishments must first register with MHHLS. Any and all name changes or ownership changes must also be registered with MHHLS. Owners and operators may do so by completing the registration forms found on our website and by faxing or mailing the completed form and all required information to the Winnipeg regional office.
If you are performing services that are considered a body modification under the City of Winnipeg Bylaw No.40/2005, you are required to hold a Body Modification Technician Certificate. This certificate is valid for three years. The certificate is given to those who have successfully passed the Body Modification Exam. The exam is a multiple choice exam that addresses infection control issues. If you are interested in writing this exam, please contact Paige Hartle at 204-945-3705. Please leave a clear message on this line with a return phone number where you can be reached Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.