Ordinance No. 22,677/2020 of the Special Secretary of Welfare and Labor (former Ministry of Labor) was published on Thursday, October 27, 2020, approving the new wording of the Regulatory Norm No. 31 – Safety and Health at Work in Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Forest Exploration and Aquaculture (“NR-31”).
The changes in the NR-31 are part of the program to reduce bureaucracy of norms and labor procedures stimulated by the Federal Government, without affecting the maintenance of the security and health of the worker. The Federal Government intends to bring greater legal security to the recipients and applicators of the norm, besides significant savings for the rural sector.
Some of the main changes brought about by the new wording of the NR, which will only come into force on October 27, 2021, are the following:
Other aspects were changed in the new NR-31 to bring greater benefits to employees and employers, among them: rest breaks that will be provided for in the PGRTR, storage of agrochemicals in exclusive cabinets, availability of sunblock to the worker, etc.
The new NR-31 aims the increase of workers’ safety, the stimulation of the modernization of the agriculture sector and the using of new technologies and the possibility of an effective risk management in the field.