The plan identifies the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Agency, with its subordinate
organization, the Occupational and Radiation Protection Division, as the State agency designated to administer the plan throughout the State. It
adopts the definition of occupational safety and health issues expressed in 1909.2(c)(1) of this chapter. The State has adopted the Federal Field
Operations Manual and all the Federal standards except those found in 29 CFR Parts 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918 (ship repairing, shipbuilding,
shipbreaking, and longshoring). In addition, the Occupational and Radiation Protection Division will be enforcing State standards under the Radiation
Protection Act (Ch. 284, Laws of 1971, 12-9-1 through 12-9-11, New Mexico Statutes Annotated). However, since this Act provides protection to the
general public, in the event of conflict between Radiation Protection Act standards and occupational safety and health standards, employees will
receive the protection provided under the more stringent regulation.
The plan provides a description of personnel employed under a merit system; the coverage of
employees of political subdivisions; procedures for the development and promulgation of standards, including standards for the protection of employees
against new and unforeseen hazards; and procedures for the prompt restraint of imminent danger situations.
The plan includes legislation enacted by the New Mexico Legislature during its 1975 legislative
session amending Ch. 63, Laws of 1972, 59-14-1 through 59-14-23 of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated to bring them into conformity with the
requirements of Part 1902 of this chapter. Under the legislation, the Environmental Improvement Agency will have full authority to enforce and
administer laws respecting the safety and health of employees in all workplaces of the State.
The legislation is intended, among other things, to assure inspections in response to employee
complaints; give employer and employee representatives an opportunity to accompany inspectors in order to aid inspections; notify employees of their
protections and obligations; protect employees against discharge or discrimination in terms and conditions of employment; provide adequate safeguards
to protect trade secrets; impose sanctions against employers for violations of standards and orders; insure employer right of review to an
Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission and then the courts, and employee participation in the review proceedings. The plan also proposes a
program Of voluntary compliance by employers and employees, including a provision for onsite consultation. The State's consultation program will not
detract from its enforcement program and the State's consultation program will meet the conditions set forth in the Washington Decision (38 FR 2421,
January 26, 1973).
The New Mexico Plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan description documents, in one volume.
A copy of the enabling legislation as amended by the State legislature in its 1975 session.
A letter from Aaron Bond, Director of the New Mexico Environmental improvement Agency, to Barry J.
White, Associate Assistant Secretary for Regional Programs, dated November 4, 1975, submitting information, clarification, and revisions on several
issues raised during the review process, including proposals to be submitted to the New Mexico Legislature prior to the close of its 1977 legislative
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