New rule for benzene

The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (SIT/MTE) has defined the procedures for companies stop using benzene to cancel their registration, as provided in item 4 and its sub-items of Annex 13A of NR15. According to Ordinance No.507, which is published in the Official Gazette on September 30, the companies must submit health and monitoring report of all the employees included in the Program for Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Benzene (PPEOB) and who worked during the period of registration.

According to Alexandre Scarpelli, the General Coordinator of Standardization and Programs for the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (DSST), the companies must submit the request for voluntary unsubscribe to the MTE, which in turn, will inform the results to the Permanent National Commission on Benzene (CNPBz). The company will be removed from the list with this request, signed by the legal representative and attached with a copy of social contract. The application must also introduce a Declaration of Responsibility (DR), signed by the responsible person for the PPEOB and the legal representative of the applicant, with the necessary information filled.

The ordinance also defines that the DSST may send the request to the Regional Superintendency of Labour and Employment (SRTE) for inspection of the company to verify the information provided in the DR. After the period of six months from the date of request, and with no misinformation in the DR, the DSST will communicate the cancellation of subscription to the company and the CNPBz.

Benzene: The substance is used in areas involving petroleum products, such as glues, solvents, paints, pesticides, lubricants, polishing car wax, printing, oil extraction, laboratory and pharmaceutical products, explosives, dyes, as well as manufacturing polystyrene and other materials. However, it is highly harmful to health, even in small amounts and minimum periods of exposure. Government agencies have treated benzene as a serious risk to workers. The purpose of the government is to prevent the exposure to benzene and create alternative ways to replace it in the industry.

Benzene is used in areas involving petroleum products, such as glues, solvents, paints, pesticides, lubricants, polishing car wax, printing, oil extraction, laboratory and pharmaceutical products, explosives, dyes, as well as manufacturing polystyrene and other materials. It is highly harmful to health, even in small amounts and minimum periods of exposure. Government agencies have treated benzene as a serious risk to workers. The purpose of the government is to prevent the exposure to benzene and create alternative ways to replace it in the industry.

Source: MTE