All duty holders are required to manage the risk from Covid-19 at work, says Keith Morton QC.

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health and safety requirements the civil and criminal law imposes on duty holders. It has done so in the context of a virus no one had heard of 12 months ago and in respect of which scientific understanding is evolving.

It is more important than ever for duty holders to be alert to the practical realities of managing health and safety in the workplace to avoid exposing themselves to civil litigation or enforcement action by regulators, including, in the worst case, prosecution.

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