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NMSU 2021 OSHA Form 300A

These years of COVID-19 pandemic has brought much clarity about the importance of enhancing health and safety. After 2 years, we are now adjusting to living with COVID-19 and continuing to work safely whether we are working on campus or remotely at home.

This year, like 2020 was again another adjustment for all of us, in how and where we worked. In the Fall of 2021, NMSU returned to campus for a normal semester and back to business as usual for our students, however, our employees were still adjusting in how we worked to keep everyone safe. Essential personnel had never left and continued to selflessly hold down the fort. Some departments came back full time on campus, with staggered shifts. Other departments continued to work remotely and some worked in hybrid mode; both remotely and on campus as needed. Throughout it all, NMSU employees were resilient, never missed a beat and continued to work safe. This is reflected in the annual summary of employee injuries and illnesses with one less injury than 2020 at a total count of 42 for 2021. What is most notable is the severity of injuries was reduced by 59% from 2020.


Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management notes this summary in the OSHA Form 300A. Under New Mexico law the annual OSHA 300 log must be posted from February 1 through April 30. All NMSU employment units; including units such as PSL, NMDA, CEMRC, NMSU Community Colleges, ASC facilities, etc. need to communicate the OSHA Form 300A by posting it on a bulletin board in a central employee area or by forwarding this link to the entire department staff. A PDF version is available to print by clicking on image of OSHA log to the right. If your department is teleworking, please email to the entire department for their viewing.



As mentioned last year, there is a 49% decrease in recordable injuries from 2019 to 2020.2021 held steady with one less recordable injury. This decrease was a positive outcome of continued remote and hybrid work mentioned resulting in only 42 work-related injuries or illnesses for the year 2021 compared to 84 in 2019.


The OSHA severity rate normalizes the injury data to make it comparable from
year to year regardless of employee changes. This rate calculation considers
the number of lost days of work and total hours worked each year. This gives
the average number of lost days per recordable incident. This measures how
critical the injuries or illness sustained were by using the number of lost days
per accident as a proxy for severity.

This reduction in injuries and working from home resulted favorably in the NMSU Severity Rate with a 59% reduction from 2020 and a 76% from 2019. A lower severity rate indicates that those incidents that did occur were not as severe.

High five and kudos to all NMSU Employees for this significant accomplishment! Please continue to stay safe!


Employees are reminded to report work-related injuries and illness to their supervisor. It is important for the supervisor to complete the Supervisor Accident Investigation Report. The completion of this report guides the Supervisor and EHS&RM to investigate the incident and drill down to root cause of incident. Identifying root cause will help identify and establish preventative actions in attempt to prevent the same type of incident from occurring again.

In 2021, 88% of supervisors completed a Supervisor Accident Investigation Report and determined cause of the incident and what mitigation steps should be taken. EHS&RM reviews each report of injury or illness and provides recommendations to the supervisor where applicable.