The only surprise is that it took Cal/OSHA this long. Via XBiz:
Gay bareback studio Treasure Island Media is appealing three citations issued by Cal/OSHA, stemming from an investigation into the company that found it violated workplace safety regulations by allowing performers to have unprotected sex.
Two serious citations were issued for $9,000 each. One citation said the employer has not developed procedures for:
* Methods of compliance, including engineering controls and work practices;
* Hepatitis B Vaccination, post-exposure evaluation and follow up;
* Communication of hazards to employees; and
“On Nov. 5, 2009, Treasure Island Media had failed to write or otherwise establish, implement and maintain an effective exposure control plan,” the 23-page investigation report said.
“Employees were exposed to semen and other potentially infectious materials, due to work activities during filming and set cleaning.”
The second serious citation said, “Treasure Island Media does not observe universal precautions during the production of their films. They have not instituted engineering and work practices controls to eliminate or minimize contact with blood and semen, including, but not limited to, the use of barrier protection such as condoms.”
And there’s the key word: Condoms. Since the spate of gay porn set investigations in March 2009, California gay porn producers have been bracing for compulsory Cal/OSHA regulations. But even “safe sex” studios are leary about government regulation of porn sets; some fear it could lead to mandatory condom usage on all porn sets and for all kinds of sex–not just for anal but for oral, too. Perhaps the big picture question that everyone should be considering is just how much control the government should have in determining what people masturbate to.
Treasure Island has appealed the citations and is awaiting a hearing in 2011.