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Sex Industry Health and Safety Guide [pdf file size: 668KB]

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Year: 2004
ISBN: 0-478-28001-7
Pages: 100
Features: A4

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Sex Industry - A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in the New Zealand


During the passage of the Prostitution Reform Bill a majority of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee members recommended that health and safety guidelines should be developed for the sex industry. The Department agreed to this course of action and led the process. The Department consulted with stakeholders, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC), self-employed sex workers, and owner/operators of commercial sex industry establishments. Relevant government agencies such as the Ministry of Health (MoH), Local Government New Zealand, the New Zealand Police, and the ACC were also consulted.

The Guide sets out the relevant health and safety duties that are necessary for owners, operators, employees, and other parties in the sex industry. It aims to provide practical means of achieving those duties by dealing with sex worker health, workplace amenities, and psychosocial factors arising out of the industry. The emphasis is on covering a broad range of relevant topics applicable to all sex workers to assist them to implement best practice in their own workplaces. The Guide is supplemented by fact sheets giving specific advice on topics of importance to the document's users.

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Table of Contents

About this Guide


Part One: Application of this Guide

Glossary of Terms

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: References in this Guide
  • 3: Roles and Responsibilities

Part Two: Sex Worker Health

  • 4: Sexual Health Education for Sex Workers, their Clients and Management
  • 5: Sexual Health Assessment for Sex Workers
  • 6: Personal Protective Equipment
  • 7: Reproductive Health
  • 8: Overuse Disorders

Part Three: Workplace Amenities

  • 9: Cleanliness of Workplace Amenities
  • 10: First Aid
  • 11: Fire Safety
  • 12: Heating and Cooling
  • 13: Lighting

Part Four: Psychosocial Factors

  • 14: Security and Safety from Violence
  • 15: Alcohol
  • 16: Drugs
  • 17: Smoking in the Workplace
  • 18: Complaints
  • 19: Employee Participation
  • 20: Workplace Documents


  • 1: Roles of Regulatory Agencies
  • 2: Accident Recording and Notification
  • 3: New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
  • 4: Department of Labour Offices
  • 5: Health Agencies

Fact Sheets

  • 1: Safety and Security Guidelines for Sex Workers Who Provide Outcall
  • 2: Examination of Clients Prior to Provision of Service
  • 3: Action to be Taken in the Event of Condom Breakage and Slippage
  • 4: Minimum Employment Rights
  • 5: Employee Participation Systems
  • 6: ACC
  • 7: Health and Safety Information Resources
  • 8: Smoke-free Resources