NR26 – Safety Signs

(Last amendment on May 24, 2011)

26.1 Color in occupational safety

26.1.1 Safety colors shall be adopted in the establishments or workplaces in order to indicate and warn about existing risks.

26.1.2 The colors used in the workplaces to identify safety equipments, demarcate areas, identify pipes used for conducting liquids and gases and warn against risks shall meet the provisions of official technical standards.

26.1.3 The use of colors does not exempt the use of other forms of accident prevention.

26.1.4 The use of colors shall be as reduced as possible so as not to cause distraction, confusion and fatigue to the worker.

26.2 Classification, Precautionary Labeling and Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Products

26.2.1 The chemical products used in the workplace shall be classified regarding to health and safety hazards in accordance with the criteria established by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

26.2.1.2 The classification of hazardous substances shall be based on the list of harmonized classification or the tests required by the classification process.

26.2.1.2.1 In the absence of national list on harmonized classification of hazardous substances international list can be used.

26.2.1.3 The aspects relating to the classification shall meet the provisions in the current official technical standards.

26.2.2 Precautionary labeling of chemical products classified as hazardous to health and safety of the workers shall use procedures defined by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

26.2.2.1 Precautionary labeling is a set of elements with written, printed or graphical informations relating to a chemical product, which shall be affixed, printed or attached to the package that contains the product.

26.2.2.2 Precautionary labeling shall contain the following elements:

a) identification and composition of the chemical product;
b) hazard pictogram(s);
c) warning word;
d) hazard sentence(s);
e) precaution sentence(s);
f) additional information.

26.2.2.3 The aspects relating to precautionary labeling shall meet the provisions in the current official technical standards.

26.2.2.4 The chemical product not classified as hazardous to health and safety of the workers according to the GHS shall have simplified precautionary labeling that contains at least the indication of the name, the information that the products is not classified as hazardous and the precautionary recommendations.

26.2.2.5 Products notified or recorded as Sanitizing Products in ANVISA are exempt from the obligations of precautionary labeling set out in 26.2.2, 26.2.2.1, 26.2.2.2 and 26.2.2.3 of NR26.

26.2.3 The manufacturer or, if imported, the supplier in the domestic market shall prepare and make the material safety data sheet available for all chemicals classified as hazardous.

26.2.3.1 The format and content of the material safety data sheet shall meet the the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

26.2.3.1.1 In case of mixture, the name and the concentration, or the concentration range shall be clarified in the safety data sheets, for the substances that:

a) represent hazard to the health of the workers, if they are present in concentrations equal to or greater than the concentration limit values established by the GHS for each hazard class/category; and
b) have established occupational exposure limits.

26.2.3.2 The aspects relating to safety data sheet should meet the provisions in the current official technical standards.

26.2.3.3 The provisions in item 26.2.3 also apply to the chemical products not classified as hazardous, but whose intended or recommended uses given rise to health and safety risks.

26.2.3.4 The employer shall ensure the access of the workers to the safety data sheets of the chemicals used in the workplace.

26.2.4 The workers shall receive trainings:

a) to understand the precautionary labeling and the material safety data sheet.
b) about hazards, risks, preventive measures for safe use and emergency procedures.