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NM OSHA talk (Nov. 16) on law and methods for underground utilities

The following from Howard Gentry, NM Occupational Health & Safety Bureau, describes the meeting and presentation slated for November 16, at the EH&S Training Facility, rm 110, Academic Research C, rm 110, 1620 Standley Dr., NMSU Campus. The presentation is open to affected University employees and underground utility contractors in southern New Mexico. Maps to the EH&S facility are available at Additional information is available from the contacts listed.

From Email dated: October 22, 2007

New Mexico State University
Environmental Health & Safety
Las Cruces, NM 88003,
Attn David Shearer,

Ref: November 16, 2007 NUCA Meeting & Safety Presentation

    The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) safety committee meeting on November 16 is expecting 30 to 40 to attend the Business meeting at your NMSU location. This number includes the core committee members from the Albuquerque area. The date and time is for November 16, 2007 from 10 a.m. until noon. Meetings are normally limited to one hour and we make every effort to stick to that schedule in order to provide a presentation on underground utility law and methods.

    NM OHSB has an alliance with is the New Mexico Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). The alliance is to promote safety in the workplace as it applies to workers in underground utilities installation and maintenance. There is also a training alliance with NUCA.

    In the NM Chapter we have a strong connection and have provided training (free of charge) at various locations to contractors and municipalities that work in the underground utilities arena. The association is attempting to expand its membership in the southern part of the state which will also expand the alliance with NM OHSB.

    At 11 am we will provide a presentation of interest to campus employees that perform maintenance and install underground utilities. It will cover the law as it applies to underground contractors and University employees. Methods of trenching, time permiting, will also be covered.

    The points of contact are Jane Jernigan, Executive Director, NM NUCA at 505-888-0752 (email or me at 505-222-9503 (email

Thank you

Howard Gentry, Jr.
Compliance Assistance Specialist
Occupational Health & Safety Bureau
State of New Mexico Environment Department

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