New Resolutions on Occupational Safety Standards

Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE) recently announced three significant resolutions on occupational safety standards. Signed by Luiz Felipe Brandão de Mello, President of the Tripartite Permanent Paritarian Commission (CTPP) of the Secretariat of Labor Inspection (SIT), these resolutions underscore the government’s determination to ensure a secure working environment across various sectors.

Resolution No. 8: Strengthening Safety Measures in Mining Operations

The first resolution, dated April 15, 2024, focuses on the Commission’s National Tripartite Thematic Committee (CNTT) of NR-22 – Occupational Safety and Health in Mining. NR-22 plays a pivotal role in enhancing safety standards within the mining sector, aiming to prevent accidents, illnesses, and other occupational hazards, thus safeguarding the physical and mental well-being of workers.

Resolution No. 9: Revision of Standards for Material Handling

The second resolution, issued on April 17, 2024, amends certain provisions of Resolution CTPP No. 05, dated February 5, 2024, concerning the composition of the Tripartite Working Group (GTT) for the revision of NR-11 – Transportation, Handling, Storage, and Material Handling. NR-11 aims to create a safer and healthier work environment by addressing various aspects such as the use of personal protective equipment, training, and proper signage, thereby minimizing the risk of accidents, injuries, and occupational diseases associated with material handling activities.

Resolution No. 10: Ensuring Safety in Work at Heights

The third resolution establishes the Tripartite Working Group (GTT) for the revision of the Stairs Annex of NR-35 – Work at Heights. NR-35 sets forth requirements and measures to prevent falls, a leading cause of severe and fatal workplace accidents, particularly in elevated work areas such as scaffolds, platforms, and roofs. Compliance with NR-35 mandates training for workers, the use of personal and collective protective equipment, and the implementation of preventive measures such as anchor systems and emergency protocols.