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Float Tanks: Review of Current Guidance and Considerations for Public Health Inspectors

The growing popularity of “floatation” and the ways in which this practice differs from the use of pools and spas have raised interesting questions in environmental public health. Public health agencies in the US and Canada have taken very different approaches to the classification and regulation (or non-regulation) of these facilities. Continuing engagement amongst environmental health...

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Float Tanks: Considerations for Environmental Public Health

Floatation refers to a meditative activity in which users float in a high-density Epsom salt solution in a dark, quiet environment. Because float tanks are distinct from swimming pools and other recreational water, questions have been raised regarding the need for and efficacy of various disinfection methods. Although direct evidence is lacking, pathogen kill assays and field studies from...

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Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) ON Branch - 2016 Annual Conference: Embracing the Future

The CIPHI Ontario Branch Annual Education Conference is committed to providing a stellar education program with national and international renowned speakers to suit all levels of experience. Through Embracing the Future we hope to improve knowledge, skills and philosophies in Environmental Health to support in continuous improvement of program delivery. NCCEH Sessions Manganese in drinking water...

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BCCDC Environmental Health Seminar Series - Effect of pH and temperature on food safety of kombucha tea / EHO knowledge of sensory deprivation tanks

The BC Centre for Disease Control invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar, which will highlight outstanding student research projects from the BCIT Environmental Health program. Presentation recordings are available upon request. Topic 1: Effect of pH and temperature on food safety of kombucha teaPresenter: Ryan Hammel, BCIT Environmental Health studentDescription:...

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Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization at PSEs - revised*

Health concerns regarding the transmission of infections at personal service establishments (PSEs) are often mitigated by public health inspectors (environmental health officers). Inspection of PSEs are carried out to ensure that premises have adequate cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization protocols to reduce the risk of transmitting pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),...

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Infections Associated with Personal Service Establishments: Piercing and Tattooing

Piercing and tattooing are associated with bacterial and viral infections, typically localized to the pierced or tattooed site. Individuals with pre-existing heart conditions are at risk of developing infective endocarditis, a systemic infection involving the outer lining of the heart, when obtaining invasive procedures, such as piercing and tattooing. There is a lack of published literature on...

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Infections Associated with Personal Service Establishments: Aesthetics

Bacterial infections, particularly mycobacterium infections, are most commonly reported for aesthetic services while viral infections are less reported. No studies associating fungal infections with personal service establishments (PSE) services were found. Limited evidence is available for some infection risks services, including manicures, hair styling, and barbering. Studies related to...

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Tanning and Skin Cancer: A Brief Review (UBC Bridge Program)

The prevalence of intentional solar tanning in Canada ranges from 4 to 49% depending on age and sex. The prevalence of tanning using artificial tanning devices in Canada ranges from 4 to 27% depending on age and sex. Both solar and artificial tanning are much more frequent in younger persons and in females. Although both solar and artificial ultraviolet radiation is categorized as a human...

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Comparison of Guidelines and Regulatory Frameworks for Personal Services Establishments

Personal services establishments (PSEs) have been identified as a priority area by public health inspectors (PHIs) and provincial ministry staff in several provinces, as well as by people within the industry. There are a lot of gaps and conflicting information regarding public health issues associated with PSEs. Guidelines and regulations are often vague or impractical. In general, there is a...

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Waxing Promising Practices Fact Sheet

Waxing can draw blood and body fluid from the skin. If this occurs, there is a potential to transmit viral, bacterial, and fungal infectionsbetween the technician and the client, as well as between clients. Folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle), irritant dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and general skin irritation can also occur. These health risks can be minimized by using proper...

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Pilot Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings

This education workshop is targeted to all personal service workers in York Region. The intent of this workshop is to educate personal service workers on the requirements as set out under the MOHLTC Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Service Settings Best Practice document and to raise infection prevention and control knowledge of personal service workers. Contact: Selina Nazim,...

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Personal Service Setting Guidelines*

In an effort to assist our local beauty parlours, tattoo and piercing shops, and all personal service setting establishments in the District of Algoma, we have put together a Guidebook for their reference. We also initiated a 'registered for inspection' certificate program to motivate new establishments to notify Algoma Public Health of their business and to ensure we can provide education and...

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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...

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Sterilization of Hollow (lumened) Devices: Selecting the appropriate sterilizer/autoclave* - updated

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has developed a provincial strategy for the approval of sterilizers/autoclaves in personal service facilities that focuses on the characteristics of the instrument being sterilized. There are many types of sterilizers found in the field and they are not all created equal. The AHS protocol relies on sterilizer/autoclave manufacturers to specifically state the...

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Personal Service Settings

This website contains data related to the use of personal service settings in Peel, including: Knowledge about licensing of personal service settings Use of personal service settings Data sources, methods and limitations Contact:Liz HayduEmail: liz.haydu(at)peelregion.caPhone: 905-791-7800 x 2503

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Barber Shops and Beauty Salons Regulations, RRNWT (Nu) 1990 c P-11

Tourist Accommodation Health Regulations, RRNWT (Nu) 1990 c P-24

Personal Service Establishment Regulations, YOIC 1984/124

An Act to prevent Skin Cancer Caused by Artificial Tanning, CQLR c C-5.2

Training Module for Personal Service Settings Workers

In 2011 a one day workshop was developed for educating personal service settings workers on proper infection prevention and control while providing personal services (hair dressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure, waxing, facial, tattooing, body piercing, etc). As of 2011 until the end of 2014 it is projected that 371 personal service settings workers would be trained in proper infection...

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Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013, SO 2013, c 5

Personal Services Settings: Evidence, Gaps, and the Way Forward

Presentations: IntroductionKaren Rideout and Prabjit Barn, NCCEH Public Health and the Body Modification IndustryElwood, Elwood's Body Modification Public Health Inspectors and Personal Services Settings - Regulatory and Knowledge GapsChristian Lapensee, Ottawa Public Health Workshop Summary

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