By Arkady Petrov
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Economy wants to extinguish ninety percent of safety and health regulations in the workplace. The first changes should take place in June.
The Special Secretary for Welfare and Labour of the Ministry of Economy, Rogério Marinho, argues that the deregulation and simplification of legislation will result in the reestablishment of growth.
On Monday 13th, President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) defended the changes. “The Federal Government is modernizing health regulations, simplifying, reducing bureaucracy, speeding the process of use of machinery, serving the population, and creating jobs,” he wrote on Twitter.
There are almost 5,000 health and safety work regulations, including ordinances, regulatory instructions, and decrees, according to the federal government. Some date back to 1940 and are still in force.
According to the government, the first rule to be revised concerns machinery regulations, ranging from bakeries to steel furnaces.
Last week, during the National Forum of the National Institute of Higher Studies (Inae), Marinho explained what will be done.
“Today, there are absurd costs due to an absolutely byzantine, anachronistic and hostile standardization. Bringing investments to Brazil requires the creation of a favorable, welcoming, and healthy environment for those who are going to undertake business. Thus, the importance of cutting red tape and simplifying rules,” he said.