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NM employers’ COVID-19 reporting requirements extended


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The requirement that New Mexico employers report positive COVID-19 cases among their workforce has been extended, as the New Mexico Environment Department announced Friday that it had adopted another emergency amendment regarding reporting requirements.

According to the state department, the second emergency amendment to state workplace safety laws went into effect Thursday. The state announcement said a permanent amendment has not been put in place yet and the first amendment has expired.

The first and second amendments require employers to report a COVID-19 positive case within four hours of being notified of the case.

The second amendment will remain in effect until the Environmental Improvement Board adopts a permanent rule or 120 days.

The Environmental Improvement Board’s virtual public hearing on the proposed permanent amendment is scheduled for 9 a.m., Dec. 18. The public can participate online or by phone. Information about the weblink and call-in number is available on the Environment Department’s website, www.env.nm.gov, under “news releases.”

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According to the department, the four-hour requirement first implemented in August “greatly decreased the response time” of the Occupational and Safety Bureau Rapid Response team, “allowing them to quickly act to ensure workplace safety by providing immediate guidance and support to employers.”

Violations of the reporting requirement could result in NMED enforcement action, the announcement indicated.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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