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California work safety officials say NO to condoms in porn

Porn stars will not have to wear condoms after adult actors pleaded with lawmakers. Chanel Preston (pictured), Adult Performer's Advocacy Committee President, speaks before the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board that overruled the proposal

Porn stars will not have to wear condoms after adult actors pleaded with lawmakers. Chanel Preston (pictured), Adult Performer’s Advocacy Committee President, speaks before the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board that overruled the proposal.

Porn stars will not have to wear condoms after adult actors pleaded with lawmakers.

California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down the proposal to make those in the industry wear the protection.

It followed appeals from scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.

The motion was rejected, even though porn stars in California are already required to wear condoms during filming.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Standards Board voted the measure down on Thursday when only three members supported it, Cal/Osha spokeswoman Julia Bernstein said.

Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board Chairman David Thomas (center) was part of the panel that said porn stars would not be required to use condoms during filming

Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board Chairman David Thomas (center) was part of the panel that said porn stars would not be required to use condoms during filming

Four yes votes from the seven-member board were required for passage. The vote was 3-2 in favor, with one member absent and one board position currently open.

The board will now begin considering a new worker-safety measure for the porn industry, Bernstein said.

Board members appeared influenced by the dozens of porn industry representatives who filed to the dais during a public hearing in Oakland, California, to argue forcefully but politely that adopting the condom measure would either destroy their multibillion-industry or force it underground.

Doing the latter, they said, could make it more dangerous to performers by eliminating safeguards such as the industry’s requirement that actors be tested every 14 days for sexually transmitted diseases.

Under the 21-page proposal Cal/OSHA rejected, so-called engineering controls ‘such as condoms’ must be used by actors engaging in sex to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV and other diseases. Movie producers would also be required to pay for medical visits, treatments and other health-care costs for their performers.

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