Through various programs, the University of New Mexico (UNM) strives to make the workplace a safe and healthy environment for all staff. The key to a safe work environment is the prevention of on-the-job accidents before anyone can suffer an injury. This responsibility is shared by all, and everyone is encouraged to bring work-related health and safety concerns to their supervisor's attention and/or the University Department of Safety & Risk Services as soon as possible. UNM provides coverage to employees who incur an injury or illness arising out of and in the course of their employment, in accordance with the laws of the State of New Mexico, Chapter 52, Article 1, NMSA 1978.
All employees injured on the job must complete the UNM First Report of Accident form and the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Notice of Accident form. If the illness or injury necessitated medical care, the individual needs to complete a Medical Release form as well. UNM has chosen to be “First Medical Provider.” (Prior approval must be obtained from the Workers’ Compensation Specialist or New Mexico State Risk Management before any medical care can be rendered outside of UNM.)
Managers and supervisors should provide employees with the paperwork listed above. Please remember to work with your HR Consultant regarding workplace injury/illness cases. For more information on Workers’ Compensation please see University Administrative Policy (UAP) #3630 Workers’ Compensation.
Resources for Workers’ Compensation
Template Letters for Reasonable Accommodation under Workers’ Compensation