AHF: Porn Condom Requirement Remains, Despite Cal/OSHA Board Vote, Reminds OSHA Board Chair

“You are already required to wear condoms; you’re just not doing it,”
Dave Thomas, the chairman of the work safety board, said Thursday.
“That’s the law. It’s just not being enforced.”

New York Times, February 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On the heels of Cal/OSHA’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards
Board’s failure to pass an amendment to OSHA’s
Bloodborne Pathogens standards (Title 8, Section 5193.1) clarifying
regulations regarding condom use in California’s adult films yesterday
in Oakland, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is issuing this statement
to clarify the fact that despite the failure of the Standards Board to
approve the updated California’s workplace Bloodborne Pathogens
standards (Section
5193.1
), the requirement for condom use in all adult film production
remains in place. Under existing and ongoing California and Federal OSHA
standards, condom use IS required in all adult film production. This
point was made by Dave Thomas, Chair of the Occupational Safety & Health
Standards Board yesterday after the vote and as reported below by the
New York Times (“Actors
in Pornographic Films Fight Proposal to Enforce Safety Regulations”

Thomas Fuller, Feb. 18, 2016).

“You are already required to wear condoms; you’re just not doing it,”
Dave Thomas, the chairman of the work safety board, said Thursday.
“That’s the law. It’s just not being enforced.”

New York Times
February 18, 2016

Yesterday, following the vote, AHF announced its intention to
immediately file a new petition seeking to again amend and clarify
Cal/OSHA’s existing bloodborne pathogens standard (5193) with
specificity to the adult film industry.

Separately, since AHF first filed its petition on this workplace safety
issue to CalOSHA on December 17, 2009, AHF, which now cares for 594,829
HIV/AIDS patients in 35 countries, has added 479,829 patients1
to its roster of HIV/AIDS patients in its care and treatment around the
world, an average of 213 new patients per day—including several former
adult film performers who became infected with HIV while working in the
industry.

AHF – To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
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1 In 4th Quarter 2009, AHF was caring for 120,000
patients in 22 countries.

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director,
Communications
+1.323.308.1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org