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Porn And Condoms: California Workplace Safety Officials Get Earful on Move Toward Requiring Condoms in Adult Video

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Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

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As the state of California seemed poised to hoist condoms upon every penis in the porn industry, the adult game has been kicking and fighting every step of the way.

A major step came Tuesday when representatives of the state's Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) came to L.A. to discuss proposed changes to workplace contact rules with industry reps.

The tan, buff and made-up faces of porn's red-carpet elite were in force and challenged Cal/OSHA officials on the possibility of mandatory condoms.

The meeting at downtown's Caltrans building was packed with more than 150 people.

Even with a new rule that would make condoms mandatory in porn, Cal/OSHA chief counsel Amy Martin told the crowd having unprotected sex on-set "is not currently legal in California. It is not currently legal in the United States of America ... When you go to work and have unprotected sex" it "is not permitted."

"You are supposed to be sent to the doctor after the incident ... and that's not happening," Martin said.

People in the crowd asked if, under law, they were supposed to have to see a doctor after each sex scene, and Martin said yes.

A woman who identified herself as a performer said, "You guys are discussing what I need to do with my own body."

Another brought up mixed martial arts fighting, legal in California, which exposes fighters to blood nearly every bout.

Cal/OSHA has been interpreting federal workplace safety laws, which ban exposure to bloodborne pathogens, as meaning that condoms are required in porn. In fact, Cal/OSHA has already cited companies as Larry Flynt's Hustler video for failing to use condoms.

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