Jake Cruise Media’s $11K Cal/OSHA Fine Reminds Porn Industry that Condoms Remain the Law

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Despite the fact that Assembly Bill 1576, Isadore Hall’s bill to require condoms in all adult films made in California, failed to get out of the Senate in Sacramento this year, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s latest fine to an adult film industry production company for bareback filming serves as a reminder to the industry that condom use in adult film production already is—and remains—the law.

LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2014)  AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has learned that California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), has issued workplace safety violations and fines totaling $11,360 against adult film production company Jake Cruise Media for its productions of condom-less, or ‘bareback’ adult films. Cal/OSHA issued three citations and fines: 1) for not having an Exposure Control Plan (serious citation)—fine: $5,400; 2) for not observing universal precautions (e.g. using condoms in filming—serious citation)—fine $5,400; and 3) for not having an Injury and Illness Prevention Program in place (general citation)—fine $560.

“Despite the fact that Assembly Bill 1576, Isadore Hall’s bill to require condoms in all adult films made in California, failed to get out of the Senate Appropriations Committee in Sacramento this year, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s latest fine to an adult film industry production company—n this instance, to Jake Cruise Media—for bareback filming serves as a reminder to the industry that condom use in adult film production already is—and remains—the law under existing Cal/OSHA authority,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “The porn industry has simply chosen to ignore these laws, with few, if any, repercussions to date for producers. We are glad to see that OSHA is looking out for worker safety and reminding the entire industry that condom use—regardless of past or future legislation in Sacramento—already is the law.

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