After legalising prostitution last year, the New Zealand government has now issued a 100 page Occupational Health and Safety manual.
The recommendations – which the New Zealand Herald said will also be distributed to brothels and sex workers – include detailed advice on safe sex practices such as the storage and handling of sex toys and disinfecting equipment.
Employers are asked to ensure condoms in a variety of shapes and sizes are always available, and to provide beds that support the back for a variety of services to be performed without strain or discomfort.
Sex workers are cautioned to watch out for occupational overuse syndrome, often caused by rapid repetitive tasks or forceful movements, and to carry a small torch in case they need to check clients for sexually transmitted diseases.
Comprehensive training of staff in the safe use of all equipment, particularly for fantasy work, is also recommended.
Ah, governments. Where would we be without them?