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Nov 14

Porn Condom Rules Could Arrive Soon (pornvalleymedia.com)


Porn Condom Rules Could Arrive Soon

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pornshootfrom laweekly.com – Even though efforts to legislate mandatory condom use in California porn have failed repeatedly in recent years, that hasn’t stopped the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) from making rules of its own.

The problem, as the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation sees it, is that it has been years since Cal/OSHA began the process of putting condom-use into its rule book. The AHF earlier this month, with the help of five former performers who are HIV-positive, protested the slow pace of regulation.

And, yesterday, as the industry was celebrating its AVN Awards nominations, the organization claimed victory:

 

The group said that, in a recent letter, Cal/OSHA has committed to expediting its regulations, with exact language expected “by the end of 2014,” in the department’s words.

It’s not clear to us that this will be any faster than what the state authorities promised earlier: It won’t be until March or April that mandatory public notice of a rule update will be given, after which the department can finally put the mandatory condom regulations into motion, according to the letter.

We reached out to Cal/OSHA officials but did not hear back immediately.

In any case, the AHF was happy. For the rules to be inked in December means that almost exactly five years after the organization petition to have Cal/OSHA address the matter, California will nearly have set it in stone.

Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation:

I am grateful that Cal/OSHA has committed in writing to have documents to their Standards Board by the end of the year that will clarify and strengthen worker safety laws on adult film sets in California, but I am also disappointed that it has taken five years to get here. During those five years, OSHA has had three different Chiefs heading the organization. More critically: in this same time span, there have been at least four cases of HIV identified in adult film performers found while they were working in the industry—one in 2010, and again last year, during the summer of 2013, when three adult performers were found to have HIV.

Cal/OSHA has noted previously that it really already considers condom use to be mandatory on adult sets in the state.

It interprets federal workplace law, which says employees should not be exposed to blood-borne pathogens, to mean that prophylactics are required in porn. In fact, it will investigate producers on a case-by-case basis. And it has fined some for failing to deploy condoms on-set.

Still, the proposed regulations would put literally put condoms in the state workplace-safety rule book.

The industry has long been opposed to mandating condoms. Los Angeles city and county voters passed mandatory condom rules in recent years, prompting the number of adult production permits in town to plummet.

The porn business says that consumers don’t want to see condoms, that its twice-a-month STD testing protocol for performers works, and that requiring prophylactics will only force production, worth billions of dollars in economic impact, underground and out-of-state.

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Nov 14

I’m a Bad Bitch!!


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Nov 14

APAC Meeting Minutes (APAC)


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APAC General Meeting November 2, 2014 Stockroom Kitchen

Videos: We’re working on creating educational videos. Jimmy Broadway is the head of the video taskforce. We will send out an email requesting actors and extras soon. The topics are BDSM 101, Professionalism, and Porn Terminology.

Model Bill of Rights Producer Code of Contact: These documents are complete and they have been sent out to our email list. We are working towards sending them out to producers and agents.

OSHA Regulations: The FSC will be meeting with OSHA to discuss a revised draft of OSHA regulations for the adult industry. The current regulations are the same ones which are applied to the medical industry and isn’t largely inapplicable to adult film. The APAC board met with Lorelei Lee, a liaison from the committee involved in creating this draft.

OSHA is there to protect us. The FSC is trying to make something easier for producers to follow. There are parts in the current protocol that don’t actually help us, which is why this is important. The board will be meeting with the standards board in 2015 to go over the proposed standards. The goal is to come up with something that performers can stand behind in solidarity.

Communication Protocols between FSC and APAC: The recent production hold proved complicated in terms of communication between the FSC and APAC. As it stands, we’ve all agreed to wait three days after a positive test to establish if a moratorium is required. This last time, the hold lasted 6 days, which was confusing and disconcerting. The person in question had performed in the past but hadn’t worked with anyone recently but had off­set contact with an active performer. The reason for the delay this last time was that FedEx lost one of the blood samples, and because the situation was handled by the public health department so one of the people in the genealogy got an antibody test instead of an RNA test.

The FSC is on the same page as performers. They want moratoria to be called 14 days from the last positive test. The PASS Advisory Counsel, which consists of the FSC, LATATA, APAC, and Doctors, did not come to a unanimous agreement regarding when to call a moratorium.In the future, APAC will be in the first line of communication when a production hold is called and we will be in contact with performers during every day of the hold.

The FSC will send out an email asking producers to honor the hold during a positive test. APAC will email performers and ask them to honor the hold as well.

We will also be creating a form to distribute to testing centers when any performer to allow performers to sign up to the APAC mailing list.

Diane Duke is on board with our idea to send out text messages via the PASS database announcing a production hold.

Condoms: We are working on creating a survey on our website gathering performers’ personal feelings regarding what sort of condom use they want personally, for themselves (not for the entire industry) on set. No Condoms, no testing; Condoms, no testing; Condoms with testing; or some other preference. There is a common idea that performers actually want condoms on set but are afraid to speak up for themselves lest they lose work. This is a completely anonymous survey to let people express their own preferences individually in a safe way.

Shirts: APAC shirts are available from James Deen for $10.

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Nov 14

APAC Code of Conduct and Bill of Rights for Performers (APAC)


Professional Code of Conduct

As a performer I will be prepared, professional and educated in the following ways:

 -I will show up on time for my shoot.

-I will be prepared for my shoot which includes, but is not limited to, being clean, knowing my lines, and having the necessary wardrobe or anything else that you personally require in order to complete a successful day at work.

-I will be educated and compliant with the sexual health protocols of the studio I am working for.

-I will check to be sure that I, and my scene partners, have the same understanding of STD protocols and performer health on set.

-I will not be under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol.

-I will ask my scene partner their boundaries prior to performing and respect those boundaries throughout the work day.

-I will discuss my limits with my scene partner and director prior to performing and acknowledge and respect my limits while performing.

-I will be aware of how my choices outside of work affect my fellow performers. This includes, but is not limited to how I protect myself during personal sexual relations, and how I take care of my body, health, and hygiene.

-I will be respectful to all people in regards to race, gender, and sexual orientation on set.

-I will have a good-natured and welcoming attitude, particularly when new or unexperienced performers are on set.

-I will work toward a community of educated and unified performers.

 

Model Bill of Rights

As a performer, I am entitled to the following rights:

Prior to a shoot (At least a day prior)

-I have the right to know the content of the shoot, the people I will be performing with, the expected shoot length, and the proposed pay.  I am not required to perform acts not agreed upon prior to my arrival at work – Pressured negotiations and unexpected changes are not acceptable.

-I have the right to decline, in a professional manner, to perform any professional requested sexual act I don’t feel comfortable with.

-I have the right to specify my preferred method of protection against STDs, knowing that studios may not comply, and that accepting a scene is ultimately my decision.

-I have the right to be heard when I have concerns or questions about any part of a scene or work day.

-I have the right to not be pressured to perform sexual acts off camera at any time before, during, or after the shoot.

During a shoot

-I have the right to be treated with respect as a hired professional at all times on set.

-I have the right to studio-provided water on set. I also have the right to studio provided snacks if the shoot is expected to last up to 6 hours. If shoot is expected to last more than 6 hours, a reasonable quality studio provided meal is recommended.

-I have the right to request that my scene partner follow the same STI safety protocols that I am comfortable with.

- have the right to work only with performers that follow the safety protocols that I choose to follow for myself.

-I have the right to set-provided lubricant, enemas, douches, baby wipes, and condoms (if applicable).

-I have the right to decline or agree to any sexual act proposed to me, before or during a scene, even if I previously decided to decline or agree to said sexual act – I am aware that if the choice was previously expressed before the shoot day, then the producer/director has the right to cancel the scene if it does not coincide with their expectations.

-I have the right to call off a scene if health problems arise that would put my fellow scene partner or others on set at risk.

-I have the right to access of the on-set blood borne pathogen plan or someone who is knowledgable of the on-set blood borne pathogen plan.

-I have the right to vocalize any concerns about my health and safety on set and have all reasonable remedies carried out.

-I have the right to stop the scene and check in with the director if I feel uncomfortable or distressed.

After a shoot

-I have the right to be paid my agreed upon fees according to the the company’s usual method of payment.

-I have the right to not have to make repeated demands for payment, nor will I have payments unreasonably withheld from me.