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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-13/1441 – measures in Slovakia
|Country||Slovakia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 25 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Ludovit Cziria (IVPR) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 November 2020 (updated 13 May 2021)|
To minimize the effects of the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic on the citizens, the government ordered to keep strict hygienic requirements and adopted related protective sanitary measures in March 2020. Besides wearing personal protective sanitary masks and keeping personal distance, disinfection of facilities, workshops, office rooms as well as peoples´ hands played important role. This enormously increased the demand of companies, especially hospitals, social services facilities, particularly senior homes, for disinfection products in the country.
Some companies responded to the increased demand for disinfection products by adaptation of their production. For instance, the St. Nicolaus Distillery included in the COVID-19 database. Important oil refinery company in Slovakia, Slovnaft Bratislava, MOL Group, responded by development of own disinfectant. Research and Development Institute VURUP, which is member of Slovnaft Company, developed original disinfection product SLOVNAFT HYGI Fluid. It is based on ethanol and isopropanol, and after compulsory testing it was officially registered by competent health authorities. Slovnaft management decided to extend the production programme of Company and started its production in March 2020. The new disinfectant is used for disinfection of workplaces and workers in the company and of Slovnaft owned fuel stations. The company management decided on offer the production of SLOVNAFT HYGI Fluid also to other companies of the MOL Group.
The daily production capacity of this disinfection product in Slovnaft Company in Bratislava is 8,000 litres. According to the Company CEO, this disinfection product is effectively used not only for disinfection of facilities and workplaces but also for disinfection of employees working in the company. Thus, the company does not need to buy disinfection products in the eternal market where higher volume of such products remains available for other customers, especially users in the health care sector. Disinfectant SLOVNAFT HYGI Fluid is also produced abroad by MOL mother company in Hungary and by INA Company in Croatia.
Employees in standard employment
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The local trade union organisation of ECHOZ in Slovnaft, MOL Bratislava was informed about the extension of the production programme of company by disinfection product SLOVNAFT HYGI Fluid.
Trade unions finds the extension of production useful for the company as well as for employees.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Product innovation in Slovnaft Bratislava, measure SK-2020-13/1441 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SK-2020-13_1441.html
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