The Personal Services Regulation and Personal Services Standards establish minimum health and safety requirements for the personal services industry.

  • The regulation sets out general business requirements and higher-level obligations for operators and workers.
  • The standards support the regulation by establishing detailed operational requirements for protecting public health.

The regulation and standards were amended to address issues and gaps that have existed since they were last amended in 2003.

Amendments to the regulation and standard were based on:

  • a lengthy review of current literature and evidence
  • reports of customer concerns, reports of injuries and infections
  • collaborative discussions with industry representatives, business owners and provincial, federal and territorial health partners and interested parties

Personal services businesses will be required to follow the amended Personal Services Regulation and Personal Services Standards starting July 1, 2020. The changes to the regulation and standards are intended to:

  • reduce incidences of preventable infections and injuries
  • improve clarity on the requirements for proper cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
  • require owners to ensure workers have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform important tasks and operate complex equipment
  • require businesses to notify Alberta Health Services before they offer a new service to the public
  • eliminate unnecessary requirements that have become obsolete over time


Definition of a personal service

Personal services have been redefined in order to make sure that basic health and safety rules apply to more of today’s popular services.

Under the amended regulation, a personal service means any of the following activities performed on, in, or to a person’s skin, hair, nails or teeth, or other parts of the body of a person, for the primary purpose of enhancing, preserving or altering the person’s appearance:

  • puncturing
  • cutting
  • shaving
  • exfoliating
  • applying pressure
  • inserting, implanting, attaching or removing objects
  • applying suction
  • using energy-emitting equipment
  • removing
  • styling
  • applying or injecting cosmetic products

What is affected

Regulated personal services now include, but are not limited to:

  • barbering
  • body and ear piercing (using guns or needles)
  • body wraps
  • branding
  • chemical hair colouring, straightening and curling
  • chemical peels
  • cosmetic cryotherapy
  • cryolipolysis (cool sculpting)
  • dermal jewelry anchoring
  • dermal filler injection
  • dermal rolling
  • earlobe stretching
  • electrolysis
  • esthetic cupping
  • eyebrow threading
  • face and body painting
  • facial and body waxing
  • facials
  • hair extension
  • haircutting and hairstyling
  • henna
  • lash and brow tinting
  • lash extension
  • laser and cosmetic tattoo removal
  • laser hair re-growth and restoration
  • laser hair removal
  • manicure
  • microblading
  • microderm abrasion
  • mud treatments
  • neuromodulator injection (botox)
  • pedicure
  • permanent make-up
  • scarification
  • shaving
  • skin exfoliation
  • spray tanning
  • tattooing
  • teeth whitening
  • tooth decoration
  • ultraviolet (UV) tanning (tanning beds)
  • vaginal rejuvenation

Information for businesses

Effective July 1, 2020, all personal services businesses, owners, and employees will be required to comply with the new Personal Services Regulation and the Personal Services Standards. The changes to the regulation and standard were designed to place minimal administrative and financial burden on businesses and align with similar protections implemented in other provinces.

The new legislation is intended to:

  • address obsolete infection prevention requirements
  • provide clarity to owners and protect Albertans
  • prioritize the importance of worker skill and knowledge
  • better reflect the evolving industry landscape
  • address reports of unnecessary costs to businesses
  • improve support for businesses from Alberta Health Services
    • businesses must notify Alberta Health Services prior to offering any new or existing service to the public
  • reduce preventable injuries related to the use of cosmetic products, piercing guns and energy-emitting equipment
  • address confusion and unnecessary costs around both equipment cleaning and sink requirements


Compliance with the legislation will continue to be promoted and monitored by public health inspectors from Alberta Health Services through a variety of activities, including inspection, education and, where necessary, enforcement.



Report injuries, infections or concerns about potential violations to Alberta Health Services.

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For questions or concerns regarding the amended Personal Services Regulation and Personal Services Standards:

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