Meeting with Dr. Christa Sedlacek, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EASHW)

On 21 March 2018, a meeting was held with Dr. Christa Sedlacek, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EASHW).

The mission of EASHW is to make Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work.

During the meeting, the two-year “Healthy Workplaces” campaign coordinated at national level was discussed. The topic of the current campaign during the period 2018-2019 was also touched upon. under the heading Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

Dr. Sedlacek presented to the participants information on the Agency’s preparations and plans for the next campaigns, as well as the activities related to the most recent studies, reports and publications on the situation and working conditions in the EU. The specific challenges related to emerging professional risks were also addressed.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Plamen Dimitrov, President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, Mr. Dimitar Manolov, President of KT Podkrepa, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association, Executive Chairman of BIA, Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov – Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Kiril Domuschiev, President of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria; Dr. Miroslav Naydenov, Chairman of the Union of Economic Initiative.

Special participation in the meeting with the Director of the European Agency took and Yordan Tashev – secretary of the Bulgarian Association Labor Health Safety.

The secretary of BALHS presented the work of the organization over the years, including all the events on the theme of the Healthy Workplaces campaign. The opportunities for longer campaigns were also discussed, from a 3-year-longer period in which to work more on a campaign in order to have a greater resonance in society.

Last but not least, the options for deeper cooperation between organizations and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work were discussed.

Security Expo International Fair

In the period 07.02 to 10.03, the International Exhibition “Security Expo” was held together with an international exhibition for energy efficient, ecological and functional construction. The event is organized in partnership between the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Inter Expo Center, traditionally under the patronage of the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

The Bulgarian Association for Labor, Health, Safety (BALHS), with the support of “Olympus Protective Equipment” EOOD, impressed with the organized event for all guests, a practical seminar and up-to-date topics.

In the first part of the seminar, lecturer Ljubica Cesnik addressed the following topics: “Legal basis – The new Regulation (EU) 2016/425” – concerning personal protective equipment and “DuPont (Luxembourg) – Chemical and Thermal Protection”.

The culmination of the event was Environment Solutions (Denmark) – “Effective Fighting Flooding” with lecturer David Conrad Konge.

SECURITY 2017 International Fair – Security and safety

This year’s International Security 2017 Exhibition was opened by Interior Minister Plamen Uzunov. During the exhibition, the Bulgarian Trud Health Safety Association, together with Olympus – Protective Equipment Ltd, presented innovations in the practices for ensuring safe and healthy workplaces.

The BATZB team held a seminar with the presence of representatives of world producers such as DuPont and Respirex. The seminar was opened by the President of the Association – Mr. Borislav Tashev.

Traditionally, children’s drawings from the international competition organized by DGCPNH – “I saw the trouble with my eyes” were traditionally presented.
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Meeting with representatives of the European Commission

The President of BCCI, Tsvetan Simeonov, participated in a meeting with representatives of the European Commission

The meeting discussed topics such as unemployment, the lack of suitable staff in the business, and the reasons for the demotivation of the unemployed to return to the labor market.

During the meeting the BCCI chairman identified as a positive change this year the introduction of mandatory impact assessment of the normative acts. He also noted the shortcomings of the entrepreneurial environment in Bulgaria.

Defined the electronization of public services as a proper guideline, referred to the tax returns by individuals and companies, but stressed that paper-based submissions should not be forbidden. According to the BCCI, it is necessary to keep this option because of the lack of 100% Internet access to all but to be subject to a fee to cover the administration’s costs of digital data entry.

Representatives of employers’ and trade union organizations took part in the meeting.




Business meeting in BIA with representatives of the branch organizations

On October 25, 2016 in the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce a business meeting was held with representatives of the branch organizations in order to present a new energy cost reduction service.

The President of the Bulgarian Association of Labor, Health and Safety Mr. Borislav Tashev took part in the meeting.


Proposal to reduce energy costs



Climbing of Mount Mont Blanc

    Members of the Bulgarian Labor Health and Safety Association and supporters from Bulgaria and abroad took part in an organized expedition and climbing of the highest peak in the Alps and all over Western Europe – Mont Blanc, 4808m high. The expedition took place in August 2016.





National Conference “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages”

On October 26, 2016 in Sofia, the National Conference “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” was held.

The conference was held within the framework of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work and is aimed at improving awareness, strengthening the role of prevention and reducing occupational accidents and occupational diseases.
Some of the participants included representatives of the Ministries, the General Labor Inspectorate, the National Social Security Institute, the National Center for Public Health and Analyzes and others.

Members of the Bulgarian Labor Trud Health Safety and Olympus – Protective Equipment team took an active part in statements on the subject.





Seminar on “Developing a National Comprehensive Strategy for the Elderly”

Representatives of the Bulgarian Trud Health and Safety Association and Olymp – Safety Equipment LTD  participated in a seminar organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy on 19, 20 and 21 October on “Developing a national overall strategy for the elderly”. They have been actively involved in all discussions since this topic has been affected and debated by the EU OSHA.

Olymp – Safety Equipment supports the EU OSHA and MLSP initiative and stimulates elderly people by providing them with appropriate working conditions.

GS1 Europe Regional Forum

Boril Tashev, manager of Olymp – Safety Equipment and Chairman of the Bulgarian Labor Health Safety Association together with Yordan Tashev, secretary of the Bulgarian Labor Health Safety Association, participated actively in the GS1 Europe regional forum organized by GS1 Bulgaria.

During the forum, held from 17 to 21 October 2016, lectures and workshops took place. The event was closed with a special gala dinner.