New Mexico: COVID-19 Cases Must be Reported to NM OSHA Within Four Hours


All Employers with NM Employees


August 5, 2020


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OSHA requires employers to provide notice of certain injuries and illnesses within eight to 24 hours, depending on the type and severity, and to record all work-related injuries and illnesses. Currently, COVID-19 cases must be reported if they are work-related.  However, some states have individual state-level OSHA plans with more stringent requirements. New Mexico falls into this category, and an emergency amendment to its injury and illness reporting regulations imparts a new temporary reporting requirement for COVID-19 cases.

Specifically, employers are required to report any cases in which an employee tests positive for COVID-19 within four hours of learning about the diagnosis, even if the illness is not work-related.  This emergency amendment remains in effect for 120 days, unless it is later made permanent.

Action Items

  1. Implement a procedure for timely reporting of COVID-19 cases.
  2. Have personnel trained to report cases promptly to management.
  3. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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