Goggles – The New Piece Of Sexual Equipment On Porn Sets

When people think of equipment commonly used by porn stars, sex toys are probably the first things that come to mind. But a new proposed regulation could require adult talent to employ a different kind of equipment for sexual health – goggles. California regulators are weighing proposed changes to guidelines guarding against the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Those guidelines include eye protection.

At the risk of ruining the fantasy for porn viewers, the porn set is a work site.  As a work site, adult movie sets fall under all sorts of rules and regulations. Most porn in the United States is filmed in California’s San Fernando Valley, which falls under the oversight of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. That board is weighing changes to its rules would require porn sets to provide safeguards to porn actors. Those protections include condoms, and that requirement, backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is getting most of the press attention.

Porn Actors may be Wearing more than Just Goggles

But the rules would also require porn sets to provide protective eye equipment to their stars. Under the draft standards, such personal protective equipment will be considered appropriate “only if it prevents blood or OPIM-STI from passing through to or reaching the employee’s eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes.” We’ll need to do a little translating here; “OPIM-STI” is government shorthand for “other potentially infectious materials-sexually transmitted infection.” It means that adult stars need to be protected from bodily fluids that could pass on a sexually transmitted disease. Protections include condoms, goggles, and dental dams.

The Free Speech Coalition says adult movie sets are already heavily regulated. The group opposes the proposed rules as unnecessary and burdensome.  “These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set – or even a Hollywood film set,” the group’s CEO Diane Duke says on the coalition’s blog.

How the California health board rules might not be the last word on the matter. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation now says it has surpassed the number of citizen signatures required to put the proposed protective measures on California’s 2016 ballot, according to Reuters. If approved by voters, state and local officials would have responsibility to make sure that porn sets across the entire state use protective equipment.

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