NM Occupational Health & Safety Bureau
The New Mexico OSHA offers a variety of cooperative programs whose goals are to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by helping businesses identify workplace hazards and find effective, economical solutions for eliminating or controlling them. The services performed by the Consultation Program are free and participation by employers is voluntary. The cooperative programs have helped many New Mexico businesses lower their costs associated with workers compensation claims and increase their efficiency and productivity.
The major cooperative program offered by New Mexico OSHA is a free and confidential consultation service operated separately from the Compliance Program. A group of highly qualified occupational safety and health professionals are available to help employers
a) detect potential hazards
b) establish safe and healthful workplaces.
The consultation program does not issue citations or propose penalties. Employers are required to correct any identified hazards as a condition of receiving program services.
The consultation booklet contains extensive information about the variety of services available and a Request Form to be used for obtaining the services of the Consultation Program. The priority for determining which employers receive consultation uses this high hazard list as one criteria.
Employers that have an On-site Consultation visit with a complete hazard identification survey and meet other requirements may be recognized under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for their exemplary safety and health management systems. Work sites that achieve SHARP recognition are exempt from programmed inspections during the period of their SHARP certification.