Premier League’s Covid-19 code of conduct form explained | David Hytner

Health and safety policy sets out rules for a new landscape but who has drawn it up and why is it so controversial?

It is a workplace health and safety policy that sets out the dos and don’ts of how to operate in the coronavirus-altered landscape. Employers have a duty of care to ensure a safe environment for their employees and, in this case, it means clubs carrying out risk assessments of their facilities, educating their players and staff members about them and therefore mitigating against them catching the virus or passing it on to somebody else. There has been a good deal of focus on how the players have been asked to sign the form as part of the league’s return-to-train plan but it will be rolled out for everyone who goes back to the training grounds. It is also a way of auditing who has been made aware of the protocols and who has not.

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