Media Release – Body Piercing at Easy Nails

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The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is issuing a warning about Easy Nails, located at 142 King St. W., Chatham, Ontario.

The local health unit is recommending that any clients of Easy Nails who received a body piercing should consider being tested for hepatitis B, C and HIV.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit advises that Easy Nails was approved to provide aesthetic services only e.g. manicures, pedicures and waxing. They are now providing body piercing without prior approval and failing to meet the requirements of the Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Services Settings.

The health unit advises that anyone who has received a body piercing from Easy Nails to call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519-352-7270 ext. 2902 for information and recommendations for testing. “We always follow-up to ensure measures are in place to decrease the risk of skin and blood-borne infections. If we aren’t able to confirm the required infection control practices are in place, we need to let clients know of the risks,” said April Rietdyk, Director of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit.

The health unit offers advice for anyone considering a tattoo or piercing. We suggest checking to ensure that the business is licensed by the City of Chatham.  Also, any client can ask to review the most recent copy of the facility’s health inspection report. The facility is required to provide aftercare instructions and information on how to take care of your new tattoo or piercing until it is healed.

For more information, please contact the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519-352-7270. After hours, please call 1-866-446-8207.

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  1. This is just nuts!!!! I’ve had two piercings there and I can’t believe this is going on… Thanks so much for the heads up! Thank goodness I don’t bring my kids to get their ears peirced!!!!!

  2. My wife had a piercing done there in the fall, but said she watched the guy unwrap every needle used and properly sterilize it. This is probably being blown out of proportion because the guy didn’t pay for the necessary paperwork from the municipality. Are there actually any reported cases of Hep B, Hep C, or HIV as a result of this establishment? Or is this simply a scare tactic??

    • This premise was approved for manicures, pedicures, and waxing only. When it comes to body piercing, tattooing, and electrolysis, all of these procedures are invasive. Instruments intended to penetrate the skin and hold sterile items must go through the sterilization process. The needles used were all single use items. The jewellery and equipment was not sterilized, there is no sterilizer on site. That is why we had to put out a media release to warn clients that a possible exposure may exist. The premises is licensed through the municipality, but not approved for the additional service of body piercing, which Public Health is responsible for inspecting. At this time there are no known cases of Hep. B, C or HIV. However, the risk exists. Clients are urged to see their family doctor for blood work.