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Push to make porn actors wear goggles fails

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 09:07:14-05

The room erupted into cheers when the state's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board did not pass the proposed regulations. 

The board members voted 3-2 in favor of the rules, but failed to gain the four votes necessary for adoption. 

"The regulations that were attempted to be passed would've made it difficult if not impossible to shoot adult films in California," said Mike Stabile.

The regulations would've forced porn actors to use condoms, dental dams and even goggles in certain instances while filming. 

The Aids Healthcare Foundation suggested the new measures were aimed at preventing actors from sexually transmitted infections. 

However, those who objected say the actors should have the choice to determine what they wear. 

"When I perform I want condoms, it was my choice, my preference, but I don't think it's fair that they need to force that on everybody," said Stefanos Tiziano a performer. 

But according to CAL/OSHA condoms are still required for the adult film industry under the existing blood borne pathogens standard. 

"That standard specifies that employers must provide barrier protection from blood borne pathogens and in the adult film industry that means condoms," said Julia Bernstein.

Bernstein said one of the board members said they didn't vote for the regulations because they wanted those in the adult film industry to feel like they had a voice in the matter. Stabile said that's all everyone wanted.

"And so now they will go back to the drawing board and hopefully incorporate performer input and try to design regulations that actually could help performers. We're not opposed to regulation at all, we've had to do it on our own for years," Stabile said. 

The debate over the use of condoms is not over, California voters will see the issue come up again when it's on the ballot in November.