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The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment.

The Occupational Health and Safety Bureau works to ensure this through:

  • Documenting and tracking reports of injuries and fatalities in workplaces
  • Compliance inspections
  • Enforcement action


In addition to regularly required workplace safety inspections, the Environment Department may choose to inspect a workplace if:

  • A complaint is filed by an employee or their representative
  • We receive a referral from another governmental agency or member of the public
  • A workplace accident results in hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.
  • A workplace fatality occurs

Inspections consist of an opening conference, an inspection walk-around and a closing conference.


The New Mexico OSHA Compliance Section enforces safety and health regulations as provided in 11.5.1 NMAC, 11.5.2 NMAC, 11.5.3 NMAC, 11.5.4 NMAC, 11.5.5 NMAC, and 11.5.6 NMAC and within 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926.

Enforcement of compliance is accomplished by work-site inspection and evaluation of safety and health programs. A citation may be issued for the violation of a standard and an employee exposed to safety and health hazards.

Employers are required to report to the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau:

  • All work-related fatalities within 8 hours
  • A COVID-19 related fatality when the case may have been contracted in the workplace
  • All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours
  • Positive COVID-19 cases among employees within four hours of learning of the positive case

Reporting injuries and fatalities

Employers may report injuries and fatalities as described above by email at

You can also report injuries and fatalities by calling 1-877-610-OSHA (6742).

Reporting positive COVID-19 cases

New Mexico law requires employers to report positive COVID-19 cases within four hours of learning of the positive case.

Employers can report positive cases through the online form here.

On August 12, 2022, the Department of Health issued an amended emergency public health order (PHO), which no longer requires employers to report outbreaks to NMED when four or more workers test positive within a 14-day period. However, the PHO did not change the requirement that employers must continue to report individual cases.

New Regulations and Announcements

To keep up to date with latest information from the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau click here

Contact us

OHSB Main Phone Number: 505-476-8700

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