New Mexico Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational safety and health regulations for general industry and construction: to New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC)

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Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for general industry: NMAC

HCS for construction: NMAC

Material safety data sheet (MSDS) accessibility: NMAC and NMAC

Training: Exception: NMAC and NMAC

Regulatory Agencies

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Occupational Health and Safety Bureau

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. New Mexico has adopted the federal HCS by reference for both private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) and public (state and local government offices and operations) sector employers. Unlike the federal regulation, New Mexico's HCS regulation specifies the forms in which MSDSs are to be made accessible for employees working away from the primary facility. In addition, New Mexico allows for an exception to HCS training requirements.

· Administration and enforcement. NMED's Occupational Health and Safety Bureau administers and enforces the HCS requirements in New Mexico.

State Requirements


The federal HCS requires that where employees must travel between workplaces during a work shift, i.e., their work is carried out at more than one geographical location, the MSDS may be kept at a central location at the primary workplace facility. In this situation, the employer must ensure that employees can immediately obtain the required information in an emergency.

New Mexico regulations specify that the information ...

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