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Factsheet for measure BG-2021-40/2151 – measures in Bulgaria

Limiting the risk of COVID-19 in Sofia University

Заповед на ректора на Софийския университет с цел ограничаване на опасността от разпространение на COVID-19 (коронавирус)

Country Bulgaria , applies locally

    • – BG411 София (столица) (Sofia (stolitsa))
Time period Open ended, started on 28 September 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound
Measure added 12 January 2022 (updated 18 January 2022)

Background information

Sofia University is one of the major national universities in Bulgaria. Data shows that during the student recruitment campaign in 2021 almost 10,000 people submitted application documents to the university. Having a large number of students within the premises requires strict measures to be adopted. Pursuant to Art. 32, para. 1, item 1 of the Higher Education Act and orders №РД-01-743 of 31.08.2021 and РД-01-748 of 02.09.2021 of the Minister of Health, Sofia University approved a number of measures in order to limit the risk of spreading СOVID -19 among staff and students.

Content of measure

The measures adopted in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within the Sofia University include:

  • Implementation of comprehensive plan on organization of education activities. The plan is adopted by the Academic Council on 16 September 2020.
  • Regular supply of disinfection and hygiene materials. Following an Algorithm of disinfection cleaning staff should disinfect surfaces twice a day.
  • All facility managers should instruct the staff for proper hand hygiene. University buildings must be supplied with soap, disinfectant and personal protective equipment to staff.
  • Effective control at the entrance of university buildings so that crowding is limited.
  • Remote thermometers are provided to security guards at the entrance of building in order to test those entering the university.
  • Allocation of no-touch automated room disinfection at the entrances of the university buildings, within the corridors and in front of the larger auditoriums.
  • Hanging information boards or stickers in the corridors and auditoriums so that to guide towards physical distance of at least 1.5 metres, hand hygiene and wearing face masks.
  • Organising the movement of people in the corridors in two directions by means of signs and markings.
  • Imposing a rule for physical distance between employees and students of at least 1.5 metres.

Use of measure

All university teachers and students must follow the adopted measures in order to limit the spread of coronavirus disease. The presented order is applicable to the main university building (situated at the very center of Sofia city) and the other buildings all over the capital. Faculties of Mathematics and Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Journalism and Mass Communication, Theology, Economics and Business Administration, and Preschool and Primary School Education are spread over several campuses around Sofia.

Contents

  • Health and safety

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
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:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

No social partners involvement is registered so far with regard to the issued order.

Views and reactions

No social partners' views are detected at the time of issuing the order.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals
      Cleaners and helpers

Sources

  • 28 September 2021: Заповед на ректора на Софийския университет с цел ограничаване на опасността от разпространение на COVID-19 (коронавирус) (www.uni-sofia.bg)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Limiting the risk of COVID-19 in Sofia University, measure BG-2021-40/2151 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2021-40_2151.html

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