New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)


Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission

The OHSRC is a three-member “labor and industrial commission.

The occupational health and safety review commission is hereby established. The commission shall be composed of three members who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, from among persons who by reason of training, education or experience are qualified to carry out the functions of the commission under the Occupational Health and Safety Act [50-9 NMSA 1978]. One member each shall be chosen to reflect the views of labor, industry and of the general public. The governor shall designate one of the members of the commission to serve as chairman.

Responsibilities of the Commission:

For the purpose of carrying out its functions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, two members of the commission shall constitute a quorum and official action can be taken only on the affirmative vote of at least two members.  Every official act of the commission shall be entered of record and its hearings and records shall be open to the public. The commission is authorized to make such rules as are necessary for the orderly transaction of its proceedings.  The commission may order testimony to be taken by deposition in any proceedings pending before it. Any person whose testimony may be material may be compelled to appear and testify, and to produce books, papers or documents in the same manner as witnesses may be compelled to appear and testify and produce like documentary evidence before the commission.  The commission may designate a hearing officer to take evidence in the hearing. The commission will then make its decision based on the evidence in the transcript of the hearing proceedings.          


The OHSRC meets only at the call of the chairman. Open Meetings Act Resolution 2018. Open-Meetings-Act-Resolution-2018.  However, any two members may petition the chairman to call a meeting. All questions regarding the Commission should be directed to the Hearing Clerk,


Members Meetings