New Mexico Environment DepartmentNEW MEXICO COVERAGE OF PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite 4050
P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
Ron Curry, Secretary
(505) 827-2836 FAX
New Mexico State Plan Website
New Mexico Environment Department
Occupational Health and Safety Bureau
525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 3
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Butch Tongate, Bureau Chief
(505) 476-8734 FAX
Email Compliance Manager
Email Consultation Manager
The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Program provides both enforcement and consultative service to employees and employers in the Public Sector. State, Local and Municipal governments and educational systems are required under the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Act to comply with all OSHA requirements. Federal employees, and some private sector employees working in areas of exclusive Federal jurisdiction are not covered by the State OHS Act and should contact the Federal OSHA office in Lubbock, Texas, for further information and assistance.
Public sector employment accounts for approximately 20 percent of New Mexico's workforce. As in the private sector, employees do have the right to file a safety or health complaint, request information, and to file a complaint if they believe they have been discriminated against for engaging in protected activity under or related to the OHS Act. The New Mexico OSHA Program does conduct general schedule inspections in the public sector as it does in the private sector, and also provides consultative services to employers in the public sector who request this free service.
New Mexico has developed a State-specific regulation for Firefighting, which sets forth health and safety requirements for all public sector fire departments in the State. Volunteer firefighters are excluded from coverage under the New Mexico OHS Act.
For additional information on the New Mexico State OSHA Program, visit the NMOHSB web site or call the program at:
(505) 476-8700, Fax: (505) 476-8734.
Standards are posted at: