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LBW Law Job of the Week: Porn Star Condom Checker

Let's kick off a new series here at LBW called "LBW Law Job of the Week," where I will share information about law jobs you may not even have known existed.

Today's job: The State "Safety Official" Who Checks to See if Porn Stars are Wearing Condoms.

The AP reports that the state of California has fined Larry Flynt's Hustler Video "for not using condoms on set to protect sex performers from exposure to disease." How, you might ask, does The Golden State know if prophylactic measures are being taken on the set of porn shoots? Good question, and that is where those individuals who hold today's Law Job of the Week come in to play.

It turns out that California OSHA officers are responsible for making sure porn video makers such as Hustler use "personal protective equipment" (i.e., condoms) to protect their employees. As a California safety engineer told The AP, however, one of the unique challenges for OSHA officers on the porn beat is that the "job sites can be difficult to find."

In the Hustler case, safety officers were able to find the job site and swoop in back in September to issue citations after receiving a complaint from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes safe sex in pornography. OSHA fined Hustler $14,175 for three violations, including failure to provide condoms or other protective equipment, The AP reports. The safety engineer explained that "if an employee is having unprotected sexual contact with another person then there needs to be either engineering control, like simulation, or people need to use a condom or other barrier."

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 1, 2011 at 07:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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