Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • November 16, 2005:


Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group


Bureau of Labor Standards First Floor Training Room November 16. 2005 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Present: John Rioux, Vice Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Karen Billups (OSHA), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Stephanie Jazlowiecki (McTeague-Higbee), Jeff Levesque (Workers’ Compensation Board), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Al May (Bureau of Health), Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor), Carol Tompkins (Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.), Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor),and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Absent: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance), Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda), Denise Dumont (US HealthWorks), Tony Lemire (OSHA), Steve Minkowsky (Workers’ Compensation Board), Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor), Saskia Janes (Maine Public Health Association), Stefanie LaRose (Canon Cochran Management Services, Inc.)

Staff: Terry Hathaway (Maine Department of Labor).

Staff Absent: Ted Bradstreet (Maine Department of Labor)

Guest: Bill Freeman (OSHA)

John Rioux, Vice Chair, called the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group to order at 10:07A.M.

Introductions were made as there are two (2) new members: Karen Billups (OSHA), who was representing Tony Lemire (OSHA), and Stephanie Jazlowiecki (McTeague-Higbee).

Louise Morang noted that she has had trouble opening attachments. Gary Baxter agreed. Terry Hathaway will save attachments as an .rtf file rather than a .doc fie.

October 19, 2005 Minutes. Louise Morang made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections. Gary Baxter, seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

BOH (Bureau of Health) Namechange. Al May explained the name change from Bureau of Health to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which is Maine’s version of the national Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Report. John Rioux stated the Appendices still need to be completed for the Legislative report. Currently, the report is still at the Commissioner’s office as there is an item being checked into. The group will see a copy of the report upon its completion.

Data Subgroup Update – Al May. The Data Subgroup met prior to the work group meeting. Present at the subgroup meeting were Al May, John Rioux, Pat Philbrook, Gary Baxter, and Carol Tompkins. The major purpose of today’s Data Subgroup meeting was to come up with an agenda for the group’s meeting on Monday, November 21st with Steve Minkowsky, Workers’ Compensation Board. The agenda includes having Steve take the group through the process, collection and examples of actual forms, and how to use data afterwards.

John suggested that the Department of Labor’s Bend the Curve initiative could be useful in mapping out the workers’ compensation reporting process to see what is broken or unnecessary. John explained the concept of lean, looking at a way to process and visually map it out, how it looks now, and how it would look like lean.

Prevention Subgroup Meeting – Dave Wacker. The Prevention Subgroup met prior to our regular work group meeting. Dave announced that Brian Doe is the co-chair. He Prevention Subgroup did brainstorming for goals and objections to serve large and small companies as well as what data is used to develop programs. They are going to look at rates with an experience rating factor of one or more (according to Title 24-A, Maine Insurance Code, Chapter 25, Rates and Rating Organizations, Subchapter 2-B, Workers’ Compensation Rating Act, Section 2385-C) to see what insurance companies are offering and survey those companies to see what services they avail themselves of. Also, they are going to look at the MOD-2 process, including Workers’ Compensation and the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) pulling information together. The group talked about data accident investigation, using BLS data from the Research and Statistics Unit regarding multiple body parts in order to develop programs. The prevention group would like to look at best practices that are out there, what the method is, and how to get them distributed.

Patricia Philbrook suggested that both subgroups meet with each other prior to the next meeting at 9:00 AM.

Other. Al May asked about an OSHA presentation. Brian Doe suggested the worst top 200. Bill Freeman said a presentation could be done.

Next Meeting. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at 10:00 AM in the Third Floor Conference Room, Bureau of Labor Standards, with the subgroups meeting prior to the meeting.

Adjournment. John Rioux adjourned the meeting at 10:56 A.M. Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway Recording Secretary