Cal/OSHA Cites Adult Film Companies for Failing to Protect Employees From Health Hazards

September 21, 2004

Cal/OSHA, California’s occupational safety and health program, has issued its first-ever citations to employers in the adult film industry. Two employers, Evasive Angles and TTB Productions, each received citations totaling $30,560 for violations of health and safety regulations related to the exposure of three employees to HIV.

“Employers in the adult film industry must know how to protect their employees from health and safety hazards and understand the consequences of failing to comply with state regulations,” Vicky Heza, Cal/OSHA’s deputy chief of enforcement, said.

Both companies are based in Van Nuys and both company names appear on the credits for the motion picture production during which some employees reportedly contracted HIV. It’s unclear at this point which company employed the workers who were exposed.

Evasive Angles and TTB Productions received citations for reportedly failing to comply with the state’s bloodborne pathogen standard, failing to report a serious work related illness to Cal/OSHA, and for failing to prepare and follow a written safety and health program, known as an injury and illness prevention program.

The citations for failing to comply with the bloodborne pathogens standard and failing to report a serious illness carried the maximum penalties — $25,000 and $5,000 respectively.

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