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 & Safety Bureau

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The latest updates, orders, and guidance for employers from New Mexico OSHA on reducing worker exposure to COVID-19

Public Health Order

On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced an emergency public health order (PHO) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHO suspends operations of all non-essential businesses and nonprofit entities and restricts mass gatherings. The full text of the most current order and a list of essential businesses are linked below.

NM Dept of Health Public Health Order 5/15/20 

NM COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Employers

List of Essential Businesses (En Español)

Stay at Home Instructions 

NM OSHA Resources:

New Mexico OSHA “Employer Recommendations” (En Español)

New Mexico OSHA COVID-19 FAQs (En Español)

Federal OSHA Resources:

OSHA COVID-19 Webpage

OSHA COVID-19 Updated Recording Guidance 5/19/2020

“Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”  (En Español)

Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19 (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for the Package Delivery Workforce (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workforce (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurant and Beverage Vendors (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Practitioners (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Rideshare, Taxi & Care Service Workers (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Pharmacies (En Español)

COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home & Long-term Care Workers (En Español)

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection Fit-Testing

Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection and N95 Shortages

Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Decontamination of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donning and Doffing Procedures 

New Mexico Environment Department COVID-19 Website