NMSU Safety Training Requirements

New Full Time Employees

A campus safety orientation module is a part of the onboarding process for new employees.  Additional safety training will be required for most employees.  The type of training needed will depend on the specific work functions of the position.  Certain types of training are mandated by Federal, State and local laws and NMSU policy.

In general, supervisors are responsible for determining what safety training is required for staff working under their control and ensuring that required training is completed.  Please review the guides below for additional information and assistance with type of additional safety training may be required.


A full list online and instructor-led safety training offered through EHS&RM is at the Class Descriptions page.

Temporary Staff, Visiting Faculty, Researchers, and Volunteers

At a minimum, temporary staff and visitors should complete Campus Safety Orientation.  Department heads, directors and supervisors should forward this information to these individuals since many of them will not receive an employment offer letter, and may not be aware of the safety training requirements. Additional, specialized safety training, may also be required depending on the nature and hazards of the work being performed.

Under NMSU safety policy, supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all people working for them are aware of all potential workplace hazards that may be encountered. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure personnel receive appropriate general and work-specific safety training for the work performed. Instructors of academic classes, laboratories and shops are responsible for incorporating relevant safety training and communicating risks to students as part of the academic course being offered.

Periodic Refresher Training

Some types of safety training have a periodic refresher training requirement.  Refresher training  will be included as part of the initial training class.  In most cases, EHS&RM offers both initial and refresher training options, where applicable.  Below are some examples of safety training that have a periodic refresher training requirement.

  • Defensive Driving – 3 Year Refresher (new permit and updated license check)

  • Forklift Safety Certification – 3 Year Refresher

  • Aerial Lift Safety – 3 Year Refresher

  • Asbestos Awareness – Annual Refresher

  • Bloodborne Pathogen – Annual Refresher

  • Respirator Safety and Fit – Annual Fit Test