Feb. 25: Bylaw on Workplaces with Blood-Borne Safety Risks Considered

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The Toronto city council is considering a bylaw that would change licensing standards for establishments where exposure to blood is common, such as tattoo parlours, acupuncture facilities and hair salons. Workers in such workplaces are at risk of blood-borne diseases and infections, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Under the new rules, these facilities would have to get licences after regular inspections from the city. Toronto Health has already established safe practices for workers at risk of contracting blood-borne infections, including using sterile and single-use needles and blades and always wearing gloves during invasive procedures.