Public Health fines Trinh’s Beautiful Nails for critical offence

Trinh’s Beautiful Nails at 2557 Princess Street in Kingston. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has issued a fine to Trinh’s Beautiful Nails at 2557 Princess St. According to the inspection report from Monday, Jul. 13, Trinh’s was found to be in violation of one critical and one non-critical, repeat offense.

Trinh’s received a ticket and set fine for failing to sterilize reusable equipment between each use, considered critical.

Trinh’s also received notice of a repeat offense of failing to obtain contact information from a client. Public Health originally observed this offense during a routine inspection on Friday, Jun. 25. The inspection on Monday, Jul. 13, 2020 was a follow-up to that event.

On Monday, Jul. 20, representatives from Trinh’s provided further information on this violation, including the full description of the violation, as well as comments from the inspector, which are not included in the original ticket.

The full description of the violation is as follows:

“10 – Equipment – Critical
Observation (CORRECTED DURING INSPECTION): Reusable equipment not cleaned and disinfected or sterilized between each use
Corrective Action(s): Every operator of a personal service setting shall ensure that all reusable equipment is cleaned and disinfected or sterilized as often as necessary to prevent disease transmission and, (a) Is cleaned and disinfected or sterilized between each use; or (b) Is covered with a single-use disposable cover intended for the purpose of preventing infection and the cover shall be discarded immediately after each use if the equipment cannot readily be cleaned and disinfected or sterilized between each use.”

Those from Trinh’s also provided the comments from the inspector, as made in the full report. Those comments are as follows:

“Section 10: (REPEAT) Observed foot graters submerged in 2500 ppm bleach solution. To disinfect foot graters it is required foot graters be disinfected in 5000 ppm bleach solution or another high level disinfectant like CS20. Observed visible soil in bleach solution indicating poor cleaning of tools prior to submersion in bleach solution. Bleach solution was mixed again using usual methods for mixing as before. Bleach measured at 5000 ppm. Ticket was issued due to repeat infraction.”

Public Health announced a stepped up approach to inspections and enforcement at the end of June, in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the KFL&A region, however, KFL&A Public Health said this inspection was not part of those increased inspections. Instead, Public Health explained this was a routine inspection, and that with many nail salons opening up as the province re-opens, a number of the salons are currently undergoing their annual inspections.

This is the eighth nail salon to receive enforcement from Public Health since a recent COVID-19 outbreak started at Binh’s Nail Salon on June 24, 2020.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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