“Personal Services Settings” (PSS) include businesses that most of us frequent on a regular basis and include a wide range of services like tattooing, body modification, piercings, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis and many more. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) does many things to inform and protect the public at these establishments, such as operator training, health inspections, and public education.
Recently, OPH surveyed the public to get a pulse of how often Ottawa residents access these types of services. To no one’s surprise, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they had been to a hair salon and had received a manicure or pedicure. After all, who doesn’t like getting their hair and nails done?! More surprising, however, was the high number of people who indicated that they have had at least one piercing and/or tattoo, and many who have had purchased more invasive, non-traditional personal service procedures.
How often are Personal Service Settings Inspected?
OPH Public Health Inspectors inspect PSS once a year to ensure they meet all infection prevention and control practices, as outlined in the provincial PSS standards.
Where can I find the latest inspection results of a PSS?
In order to ensure that the public is well-informed with up-to-date inspection results, residents can now visit ottawa.ca/PSSinspections to view the inspection history of a given PSS facility. This site is also mobile friendly to provide residents with better access no matter what device they are using - helping them make informed decisions.
Slowing cars down would improve safety and make our streets more walkable. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recently sent a letter of support to Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, in his efforts to push the Province to lower the default speed limit on residential streets from 50km/hour to 40km/hour. Under the existing legislation, municipalities do not have the ability to decrease speed limits on residential streets at a city-wide level. That’s why engagement and support for this initiative at the provincial level is so important.
About 85% of pedestrians struck by a vehicle driving 50km/hour result in a fatality, compared to 25% at 40km/hour. Let your MPP know what you think about speed limits in your community!
September 16, 2014
The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, M.P.P.
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
109 Catherine Street Ottawa, ON K2P 0P4
On behalf of the Board of Health and Ottawa Public Health (OPH), we would like to offer our support in your efforts to encourage the Province to consider reducing default speed limits on residential streets from 50km/hour to 40km/hour.
On October 21st, 2013, as part of the Health Eating Active Living Strategy Update: School-Based Active Transportation report, the Ottawa Board of Health recommended that Ottawa Public Health provide support of initiatives at the Provincial level to reduce the default speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h.
At an event held October 1, 2014, the Community Foundation of Ottawa awarded the Poverty and Hunger Working Group with the New Leaf Challenge grant of $125,000 to expand the popular MarketMobile initiative. This project, an offshoot of the Working Group’s Good Food Markets, uses a chartered bus to bring affordable fresh vegetables and fruit to neighbourhoods that have limited access to grocery stores. Launched at the end of July, it has been visiting the neighbourhoods of Morrison Gardens, Caldwell, south Hunt Club and Vars every week. Support has been strong and very positive from the communities.
Photographer: Luther Caverly, Community Foundation of Ottawa
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and Breasts Out for Ontario Babies (BOOB) today welcomed breastfeeding mothers, babies and families to Ottawa City Hall to take part in the Bistro Bébé Breastfeeding Challenge 2014. The Bistro Bébé offered a relaxing and supportive atmosphere for breastfeeding mothers, while providing their baby and/or young child with the most complete and readily available nutrition.
This event, hosted by OPH and BOOB, is part of the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, which began in 2001 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is: “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life,” which asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.
This Fall, Ottawa Public Health will be offering a series of FREE interactive workshops for child care professionals. Based on the Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines, these sessions will inspire healthy changes in child care menus, food choices and programming.
Child care educators, coordinators and home-based providers are invited to attend a half-day workshop that will increase their knowledge and confidence in nutrition and physical activity.
Child care cooks are invited to a separate full-day session that will focus on Canada’s Food Guide, menu planning and healthy food choices.
It’s free to register. Join us as we create healthier choices for our children!
If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Kim Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 613-580-6744 ext. 23672.
Workshop Schedule for Childcare Cooks:
October 14, 2014
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Gardens
102 Greenview Avenue
English - Register for this workshop.