New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau
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Compliance Assistance Specialists can provide general information about OSHA standards and compliance assistance resources. They respond to requests for help from a variety of groups, including small businesses, trade associations, and union locals. New Mexico has two full time compliance assistance specialists who are available for seminars, workshops, and speaking events. They also promote cooperative programs, such as the On-site Consultation Program, the Voluntary Protection Program, the Strategic Partnership Program, and the Alliance Program.
The free and confidential On-site Consultation Program is an excellent way for employers with 250 or fewer workers to address workplace safety and health. This program is administered by the New Mexico State Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) Consultation Program. Designed for small employers, the On-site Consultation Program can help you identify hazards and find effective and economical solutions for eliminating or controlling them. The service is cost-free and confidential, and there are no fines even if problems are discovered during the consultant’s visit to your site. The consultant can also assist you in developing and implementing an injury and illness prevention program—an effective way to manage safety and health at your workplace.
Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program
On February 14, 2001 New Mexico OSHA formally adopted the Zia Star voluntary protection program to recognize those work sites that are self-sufficient in identifying and controlling workplace hazards. ZIA Star members successfully protect their employees from fatality, injury and illness by implementing comprehensive and effective workplace safety and health management systems.
The Voluntary Protection Programs Policies and Procedures Manual is available for review. New Mexico applies these policies and procedures only in the general industry sector of the workforce. New Mexico OSHA's policies differ slightly from the above manual because OHSB only recognizes establishments who meet the highest level of participation described as "Star" members.
New Mexico OSHA has established six strategic partnerships with construction associations. These partnerships are designed to encourage, assist, and recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high degree of employee safety and health. Members of the partnership share resources to focus on common safety issues. - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - The Associated Contractors of New Mexico - Associated General Contractors of America Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) - American Subcontractors Association of New Mexico has created a Safety and Health Initiative Partners (SHIP) - New Mexico Utility Contractors Association Zia Partnership - The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Mexico Workers' Compensation Group Fund.
The Alliance Program, operated by New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB), works with trade, professional, and labor organizations; with educational institutions and government agencies. The alliance allows groups who share a common interest in improving workplace safety and health to work with New Mexico OSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. A formal agreement is signed with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication. Alliance agreements do not include an enforcement component and participants do not receive an exemption or deferral from OSHA's programmed inspections.
- The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with theConsulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexicoto promote workplace safety and health among Mexican nationals and other Spanish-speaking workers in New Mexico. The goal of this MOU is to provide workers with guidance and access to education and training resources in Spanish about their rights in the workplace and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This MOU will be in effect for two years.
- The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) has formed an alliance with OHSB to provide NMOGA members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the safety and health of industry workers. Particular goals are to reduce and prevent exposure to hazards associated with oil and gas exploration, production, and product transmission.
- The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau and San Juan College School of Energy have formed an Alliance to provide New Mexico employees and employers with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in the oil and gas industry.
The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
SHARP recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into the SHARP by OSHA is an achievement of status that will single you out among your business peers as a model for worksite safety and health. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, your worksite will be deferred from programmed inspections from OSHA Compliance/Enforcement during the period that your SHARP status is valid.
New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (NM OHSB) manages two separate SHARP programs, the Construction SHARP and General Industry SHARP.
The SHARP Construction Program is one of the most prestigious safety and health recognition programs for the construction industry in New Mexico. This program is designed for construction worksites with comprehensive effective safety and health programs, making them leaders in employee protection. NM OSHA and the Consultative Services continue to work with general contractors in New Mexico and have worked hard to reduce fatalities and costly injuries in the construction industry. We also understand that during tight economic times and limited amount of resources we have to work smarter to ensure meaningful, profitable partnerships. SHARP Construction has been designed to do just that, with both parties being involved in this process.
General Industry SHARP
This program is designed for general industry worksites with comprehensive effective safety and health programs, making them leaders in employee protection. NM OSHA and the Consultative Services continue to work with general industry in New Mexico and have worked hard to reduce fatalities and costly injuries. We also understand that during tight economic times and limited amount of resources we have to work smarter to ensure meaningful, profitable partnerships. SHARP has been designed to do just that, with both parties being involved in this process.