Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • June 21, 2006:


Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group


Bureau of Labor Standards First Floor Conference Room June 21, 2006 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), John Rioux, Vice Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Al May (Bureau of Health), Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses), and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Absent: Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance), Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda), Jeff Levesque (Workers’ Compensation Board), Stephanie Jazlowiecki (McTeague-Higbee), Steve Minkowsky (Workers’ Compensation Board), Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor), Carol Tompkins (Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.), Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor), and Stefanie LaRose (Canon Cochran Management Services, Inc.),

Staff: Terry Hathaway (Maine Department of Labor), Ted Bradstreet (Maine Department of Labor), and Jennifer Anderson, Summer Intern (Maine Department of Labor).

Bill Peabody called the meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group to order at 10:15 A.M.

Introductions were made.

May 17, 2006 Minutes. Louise Morang made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Leslie Walleigh seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

Data & Prevention Subgroups Update.

Data Subgroup – Al May. Al talked about the CSTE Conference highlights. What do you do with data? Look at the trend and what it is telling us and see what the next step is. He had trend maps, which showed this and pointed out the State of Michigan. He suggested that perhaps Maine could do this is some areas. The secondary issue is are we going to do anything about it? NIOSH funding is currently “on hold”; questions need to be answered at the national level. Bill asked if there was anything Al could share in hard copy from Michigan. Al will make copies for the work group.

In July, the Maine CDC (Al May and Leslie Walleigh) and MDOL/BLS (Bill Peabody) will meet to work on project funding.

Al also spoke about an occupational health study done by the United States Air Force on how to collect data on wars by using medical records. For example, a hazard in Iraq is the heavy dust storms as there is no protective equipment. The sand is similar to talc powder, which has allowable levels, and the readings are “off the charts”.

Prevention Subgroup – Brian Doe. Modifications were made to the survey instrument; need to send for Dave to update. A report out on the survey will be made at the September 20th work group meeting. John will consult with the OIT (Office of Information Technology) to get the survey out fairly soon after our meeting. Bill asked if the draft could be finalized by and e-mailed to the work group. Brian and Louise said that it could. John asked how the survey would go out to small businesses. Louise said there would be a cover letter to go with the survey. Brian will work with Dave to set up a meeting to discuss whom the survey will be sent to. One of two approaches could be used; one would be to mail out to a small number designed to represent the population and spend a lot of time on each one; second would be to sent out to everybody and not do the detail work. Bill said it needs to be cleared up before being sent out.

MOD 1 – Bill. Bill talked about MOD 1 survey will generate discussions and he still has to work with the Bureau of Insurance (BOI). He will make another attempt to get BOI invovement.

Project Timeline – John Rioux. John handed out the Project Report Template for Current Coding Systems. John identified four (4) coding systems for reporting and coding work-related injuries and illnesses. They are as follows: OIICS – Created by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), who maintains the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system. ANSI Z16.2 – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z16.2 Subcommittee Standard for Information Management for Occupational Safety and Health creates and maintains this standard, which is associated with the other three standards. WCIO – The Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations; same coding system NCCI uses for its data collection (IAIABC). ICD 10 – The World Health Organization (WHO) creates and maintains a series of systems for classifying what we call the nature or diagnosis of the injury or illness.

Summarize Data Sources and Technical Details – John Rioux. The “Data Users’ Manual” is a good source; this task needs a template write-up. Summer Meeting Schedule – Bill Peabody. Bill will have Terry poll the work group membership for a vote.

Other. Bill Peabody talked about the Resolve to put together a Study Group on Workplace Violence with a very specific membership, including retail, law enforcement, the New England Council for Convenience Stores, and State policy advocacy groups. The focus of the Resolve is largely on violence due to criminal activity in retail situations. A report is due in January 2007. Jen Anderson, summer intern with the Bureau of Labor Standards, is doing research on workplace violence, including other states. Bill will update at the next work group meeting.

Ted Bradstreet is scheduling an initial publication meeting next week for “Characteristics of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in Maine”. He is looking for outside input.

Adjournment. Bill Peabody adjourned the meeting at 11:36 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway Recording Secretary