Professional Sport, Work Health and Safety Law and Reluctant Regulators

16 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2015 Last revised: 5 Oct 2015

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Eric Windholz

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 25, 2015

Abstract

Workplace health and safety (WHS) regulators have been reluctant to investigate professional sports for breaches of WHS law. Using the Essendon Football Club supplements saga as its primary case study, this article explores this reluctance. It concludes that while aspects of the sporting endeavour justify a pragmatic application of WHS laws, professional sport should not be above and beyond WHS laws and regulators. The reasoning behind WHS regulators’ decisions not to investigate potential WHS breaches in professional sport should be more transparent.

Keywords: Occupatinal health and safety, OHS, sport, regulation, regulators, regulatory practice

JEL Classification: G20, I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Windholz, Eric, Professional Sport, Work Health and Safety Law and Reluctant Regulators (August 25, 2015). (2015) Sports Law e Journal, ISSN 1836-1129. ; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015/13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654582

Eric Windholz (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
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