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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-11/2131 – measures in Bulgaria

COVID-19 prevention at Port Burgas

Целеви мерки за предотвратяване на Корона вирусната инфекция в Пристанище Бургас

Country Bulgaria , applies locally

    • – BG41 Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Time period Open ended, started on 11 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
Author Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 January 2022 (updated 18 January 2022)

Background information

Since the start of the state of emergency in March 2020, the management of the Port Burgas took strict measures to protect the health and lives of company employees. Following an order of the Executive Director of Port of Burgas released on 11 March 2020, a dedicated headquarter unit was established with the responsibility for adopting measures and performing control activities regarding the COVID-19 infection. The Chairman of the headquarter is the company's Executive Director.

Content of measure

An number of measures are being adopted so that COVID-19 cannot spread among company employees. An algorithm for disinfection is implemented which regulates the type of cleaning disinfectants applied on-site. Over the company's premises are installed sensory dispensers for hand disinfection. Information brochures against the spread of COVID-19 are distributed to employees.

Personal protective equipment and disinfectants are periodically provided to the employees (e.g. masks, hand gel, gloves, goggles, protective suits, socks). A guideline is in place regarding procedures to be applied to all spotted employees having COVID-9 symptoms. When entering the company administrative buildings, the body temperature of the visitor is being measured. Daily premises disinfection is in place following a schedule. Flexible working hours are introduced to employees along with promotion of electronic communication with customers. An Occupational Risk Assessment has been carried out with the a module related to “Biological agent Coronavirus SARS-COV-2, causing the disease COVID-19”. An Instruction has been issued for the treatment of ships arriving from high-risk countries in terms of epidemic outburst. All changes in the state normative acts concerning the national epidemic situation is monitored on a daily basis, and the internal acts and rules are timely updated.

Use of measure

All company employees benefit from the measures adopted on site. The management of Port Burgas also supported the local government with donations, some of which were directed to medical institutions. The company is also recognised as a good practice provider in 2021.


  • Health and safety

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


No involvement on social partners in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure is reported on-line.

Views and reactions

No social partners views are detected so far.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H50 Water transport

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 13 March 2020: Щаб за предприемане на мерки и последващ контрол, против разпространението на COVID-19 работи в Пристанище Бургас ЕАД- 13.03.2020 Прочете повече на: (
  • 12 March 2021: Пристанище Бургас ЕАД с национално отличие за безопасност и здраве при работа - 12.03.2021 Прочете повече на: (


Eurofound (2022), COVID-19 prevention at Port Burgas, measure BG-2020-11/2131 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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