NOM-035 (Norma Oficial Mexicana) is a new Mexican law that seeks to prevent job-related psychosocial risks that may harm employees’ physical, social and mental health.
The four main elements in the Mexican workplace that impact employee’s wellbeing are a job’s organization, content and conditions, as well as interpersonal relationship at work.
NOM-035 says the employer must:
- Communicate, implement, and keep job health and safety protocols to prevent harassment and violence in the job.
- Procure a positive organizational environment.
- Identify and treat employees who are exposed to severe trauma.
- Perform medical examinations for those employees exposed to psychosocial risks and job-related violence.
- Prevent and control any psychosocial risks factors.
Most of the companies in Mexico are implementing wellness programs or adapting implemented ones so employees’ psychosocial risks factors can be measured. Larger companies are hiring psychologists or are expanding their current medical department to fulfill this new NOM.
More information about NOM-035 and what employers are doing to be compliant with the law is available in this Intertec presentation.