California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health rejected proposed regulations Thursday that would have required actors in all pornography films statewide to use condoms, dental dams and potentially eye gear on set. According to an NPR report, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted 3-2 to accept the new regulations, but needed four affirmative votes to pass them. The board heard five hours of testimony from scores of actors, writers, directors and producers at the hearing in Oakland. Some of the testimony focused on the possibility of pushing the industry underground, as well as the notion that condom use inhibits sales. They added that it might also put an end to the industry’s own requirement that actors be tested for sexually transmitted disease every 14 days.
Read the full report from NPR here.