On February 18, California’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board voted 3-2 against new rules for the production of adult films.
The final draft of the proposed regulations, known as § 5193.1, not only required condoms for all filmed sex, but also “barrier protection for eyes, skin, mouth and mucous membranes.” The proposed regulations were initiated six years ago by Michael Weinstein, head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
The vote on whether to issue a safety order over the rules was made by five members of the state’s OSH Standards Board, which sets standards within the Cal/OSHA program. The board needed four votes for the amended § 5193.1 to be included in California’s Code of Regulations.
The board heard more than five hours of testimony from more than 100 in the adult industry urging a “no” vote on § 5193.1, many of them performers, directors, talent agents and sex experts at the hearing in Oakland.
Much more from this historic day to come very soon.