Thursday Morning: California Embarks on Setting ‘Condoms in Porn’ Health Regulations

California’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will explore strengthening adult film worker safety regulations in California during its next regularly scheduled Standards Board meeting (Item # IV “B”) on Thursday, March 18th in Costa Mesa. The action comes in response to a petition filed in December by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) seeking an amendment to broaden the Cal/OSHA’s “bloodborne pathogens” workplace safety regulations to better encompass adult film industry worksites.

At Thursday’s meeting, state officials will consider Cal/OSHA’s own staff’s recommendation to create an advisory panel to determine whether—and how—to amend state health statutes to better protect adult film workers. Several former adult entertainment actresses, a current producer/director/performer as well as several public health advocates will testify at the meeting in support of Cal/OSHA’s creation of an advisory panel as well as ultimately changing state health regulations.
WHAT:

PUBLIC HEARING & TESTIMONY—10am (Item #IV “B”)Cal/OSHA to consider creating advisory panel on adult film worker safety

WHEN: THURSDAY, March 18th 2010—-10:00 AM Pacific

WHERE: Meeting: Costa Mesa City Council Chambers, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHO: Shelley Lubben, former adult entertainment actress and founder of Pink Cross Foundation

Jan (Meza) Merritt, former adult entertainment actress and member of Pink Cross Foundation

Madelyne Hernandez, former adult entertainment actress and member of Pink Cross Foundation

Dave Pounder, Producer/Director/Performer, President, Dave Pounder Productions

Tim Tritch, Former Laboratory Representative/Account Manager; clients includes AIM Clinic

Robert Kim-Farley, MD, MPH, Director, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Mark McGrath, Adult Film Industry Subcommittee, Reproductive Health Interest Group, UCLA School of Public Health, UC Berkeley Research Fellow

Michael Weinstein [pictured], AIDS Healthcare Foundation, President

Brian Chase, Assistant General Counsel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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