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Compliance Section

The Compliance Section of New Mexico OSHA enforces safety and health regulations as outlined in 29 CFR 1910, 1926, and 11.5.1 NMAC, 11.5.2 NMAC, 11.5.3 NMAC, 11.5.4 NMAC, 11.5.5 NAMC and 11.5.6 NMAC. Enforcement of the standards is done by work site inspection and evaluation. Citations may be issued for any safety or health hazards to which employees are exposed. There are five primary reasons for conducting onsite compliance inspections:

  1. A complaint filed by an employee or their representative regarding safety or health hazards that may be present in the workplace.

  2. A referral filed by another governmental agency or member of  the public regarding observed safety or health hazards.

  3. A randomly chosen inspection in an industry that is considered "High Hazard".

  4. An investigation of a fatality in the workplace.

  5. An investigation of an accident where three or more employees have been hospitalized. The following links have further information on the compliance section and what it offers for employers and employees.

Employee Information

Employer Information

Sample written templates are available to assist employers in creating safety programs.


New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau
525 Camino de los Marquez St., Suite 3
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Herman Hernandez
Program Manager, Compliance Section
E-mail Address:

For general information, please contact:

Phone numbers: (505) 476-8700 or (877) 610-6742
Fax No. (505) 476-8734

Working hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM mountain time. After regular hours, it is possible to leave a message and a Compliance Officer will be able to respond the next business day.

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