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California Bill Requires Porn Stars To Wear Protective Eyewear

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A new California bill would require porn stars to wear protective eyewear while shooting, as well as ban ejaculation onto the genitals, mouth or eyes, according to Salon.

The updated draft of the bill from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) makes condoms mandatory and requires employers in the porn industry to provide performers with eyewear to avoid ocular contact with semen and other bodily fluids.

Bill AB 640 is awaiting a vote in the senate. If it passes, it will mandate "personal protective equipment" to "prevent contact of an employee's eye; skin, mucous membranes, or genitals with the blood or OPIM-STI of another."

OPIM-STI consists of any other bodily fluid from another person.

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The deputy chief of health at Cal/OSHA, Deborah Gold, told Salon that condoms and other sexual barrier methods are technically already requirements for both penetrative and oral sex, but these rules are rarely enforced.

While the industry generally supports condom mandates, many are unhappy with the newly drafted regulations.

Peter Acworth, CEO of the fetish site Kink.com, told Salon that the rules would “basically criminalize the production of porn” in the state of California.

Sources: New York Daily News, Salon, Huffington Post