The OHSRC is a three-member labor and industrial commission. Each member – based on their training, education or experience – is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. One member each will be chosen to refelct the views of labor, industry and of the general public. See 50-9-9A NMSA 1978.
Responsibilities of the Commission:
For the purpose of carrying out its functions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act [50-9 NMSA 1978], 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. However, any two members may petition the chairman to call a meeting. See OHSRC Open Meetings Act 2019 Resolution. All questions regarding the Commission should be directed to the Commission Administrator at (505) 827-2428 or (505) 827-0339.