National Working Condtions Survey in Bulgaria 2010


Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy, Scientific Research Department at Sofia University and B.A.D Gesundheitsvorsorge und Sicherheitstechnik GmbH, Germany (B.A.D Health Prevention and Safety Technology), joint in an association “National Survey of Working Conditions”, launched on 14 May 2010 a national survey of working conditions in Bulgaria, assigned by the General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency.

The survey is part of a strategic project of the General Labour Inspectorate (GLI), named “Prevention and Safety at Work”, funded under Area of Intervention 2.3 Improving the Working Conditions at the Workplace of OP Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The survey will cover working conditions in enterprises of all 21 economic sectors in the country, in accordance with the Classification of Economic Activities 2008. The results will be summarized at economic sector level, and for some elements also at economic section level. Subject of the survey will be the health and safety at work, injuries, occupational diseases, risk assessment and risk elimination levels, implementation of safety and health management systems, distribution of working time, work organization and payment, social cooperation, vacations, holidays, free time, access to training and information, as well as health services, work-life balance, discrimination, workers' rights, enforcement of labour laws, collective bargaining, etc.

The survey methodology is based on the one used for the European Working Conditions Survey, conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin.

The survey will address more than 150,000 people from specific target groups such as employees, managers, safety and health officers or persons in charge of safety and health, representatives of occupational medicine services, accredited bodies for control of work environment factors, representatives of GLI structures, members of the Occupational Expert Medical Commissions or other authorities responsible for the registration of occupational diseases, etc.

The survey will utilize seven main tools for the collection of primary and secondary data.

  • Standardized interviews with 2,100 employees;
  • Post mail questionnaire sent to 35,000 persons;
  • On-line questionnaire for more than 120,000 persons;
  • 4 specialized focus groups;
  • Measurement of work environment factors;
  • Collection of OSH practices from specific enterprises and economic activities.

The various information gathering tools will enable the performance of various secondary analyses (e.g. sociological, factor, correlation, regression, etc.) of the working conditions by economic sectors and sections, including comparative analysis of different sources of information.

This is expected to result in the development of a comprehensive report on the state of working conditions in Bulgaria, including by economic sectors and sections and by elements of working conditions, as well as in identification of the 12 most risky economic sectors in Bulgaria. The results are expected to be ready for publication of by mid December 2010.

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