Spa health risks: What you need to know
Many of us go to the spa to relax and get pampered and most spas work hard to make sure their clients enjoy a safe service. However, there are many ways that serious infections can be spread at the spa if proper steps to clean and disinfect are not taken.
These infections include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, skin and nail fungus.
About the Be Spa Safe Guide
York Region public health developed the Be Spa Safe guide to explain how infections can spread during spa services and what you can do to reduce your risk.
It includes five easy checklists of things to look for before you receive a manicure, pedicure, facial, waxing or hairdressing service.
It also gives tips on when to avoid spa services to protect yourself and others. Be sure to review the checklists before each visit to the spa.
Are spas inspected by Public Health?
Yes, York Region public health inspectors inspect spas at least once a year to:
Spas that operate out of a private home are not inspected by York Region public health. For your protection, we recommended that you choose a spa that is inspected.
Note: The term 'spa' includes businesses that offer many services (such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, etc.) as well as ones that offer fewer services such as hair or nail salons.
For more information on how to protect yourself at the spa, or to speak to a public health inspector call York Region Health Connection: 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933