Sunday, February 2, 2014

Porn company fined $78,000 for allowing actors to perform without condoms Authorities say Kink.com parent Cybernet Entertainment was handed the fine after complaints triggered a workplace safety inspections

Condoms required: CALOSHA regulations require companies to limit exposure amongst employees to blood and other bodily fluids - an implicit condom requirement
‘The fines are excessive and, we believe, politically motivated,’ Cybernet founder Peter Acworth said in a statement.
‘The complaints which prompted the inspection were not made by actual employees, but by outside groups with a long history of opposition to adult film,’ he continued, vowing to appeal the fine.
California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CALOSHA) records revealed multiple citations issued in August against the porn producer, including a condom-optional policy that resulted in $75,000 in fines.
CALOSHA spokesperson Peter Melton said the ‘significant’ fines resulted from multiple complaints against the company received last year.
Not alone: Cybernet is the second California porn producer to face fines for charges related to not requiring condoms on the set, perhaps the reason as much as 95 per cent of the industry left the state for Las Vegas
The foundation dismissed the source of the infections, saying condoms should still be worn by all.
‘That's neither here nor there,’ AHF spokesman Ged Kenslea, said, ‘because OSHA requires that condoms be used.’
State lawmakers voted down a law last year that would have required performers state-wide to wear condoms while on the job, but CALOSHA requirements designed to limit exposure to blood and other bodily fluids stipulate they be worn.
Treasure Island Media, another Bay Area adult film producer, earlier this month lost an appeal of a similar citation resulting in a fine of almost $9,000.
The passage of a formal law requiring condoms be used in Los Angeles has led the industry to fleeto Las Vegas. Recent reports suggested as much as 95 per cent of the industry has already relocated to Sin City.
Clark County, where the gambling mecca is located, has no law requiring condoms to be worn while filming.