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New Mexico State Plan

New Mexico State Plan

New Mexico State Plan

[New Mexico State Plan Website]
  • Initial Approval: December 10, 1975
  • State Plan Certification: December 4, 1984
  • New Mexico does not yet have 18(e) final approval

The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) is a part of the New Mexico Environment Department which is headed by the Secretary. Its main office is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


The New Mexico State Plan applies to all private and public places of employment in the state with the exception of federal government workers including those employed by the United State Postal Service; maritime industries (long shoring, ship building, and ship breaking); mining operations; employment on military bases; Indian reservations; or areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction are covered under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

Unique State Plan Standards

New Mexico OHSB has adopted all OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. New Mexico OHSB incorporates federal standards by reference. Therefore, the state and federal standards are identical. New Mexico OHSB has adopted the following unique standards:

  • Public Sector Firefighting
  • Convenience Stores
  • Field Sanitation
  • Short-Handled Hoes
Enforcement Programs

New Mexico OHSB compliance is responsible for the enforcement of New Mexico OHSB safety and health standards. New Mexico OHSB utilizes the Field Operations Manual (FOM) to provide guidance for the enforcement program. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of New Mexico OHSB regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in New Mexico can be found on the New Mexico State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

New Mexico OHSB offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. New Mexico OHSB also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with New Mexico OHSB or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the New Mexico State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

New Mexico OHSB conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission hears and rules on appeals from citations, notifications, and penalties issued by New Mexico OSHA's enforcement unit. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the New Mexico State Plan website.

Contact Information

New Mexico Environment Department
  • 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite N4050
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
  • (505) 827-2855
  • (505) 827-2836
  • Ryan Flynn, Secretary-Designate
  • Butch Tongate, Deputy Secretary

Occupational Health and Safety Bureau
Mailing Address:
  • 525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 3
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
  • Robert Genoway, Bureau Chief
  • (505) 476-8700
  • (505) 476-8734
Compliance Program
  • Herman Hernandez, Compliance Program Manager
  • (505) 476-8711
  • (505) 827-0310
Consultation Program
  • Lisa Spahr, Consultation Manager
  • (505) 476-8720
  • (505) 476-8734


OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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