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Mexico: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Mónica Schiaffino, Littler
Consultant editors: Isabel Pizarro Guevara and Hugo Hernández-Ojeda Alvírez, Hogan Lovells BSTL

Summary

  • Employers must comply with the law on health and safety, adopt adequate measures to prevent accidents and organise work to ensure the greatest possible guarantee of the health and safety of workers as is compatible with the nature of the work. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • A joint employer-employee health and safety committee must be set up in every organisation to oversee health and safety matters. (See Safety representatives)
  • The labour inspectorate, which forms part of the Department of Labour and Social Welfare, is responsible for the enforcement of compliance with health and safety legislation. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Benefits in respect of occupational injuries and illnesses are paid directly by the Mexican Social Security Institute. (See Compensation for injury or illness)