Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • November 13, 2006:

Minutes:

Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

Minutes

Bureau of Labor Standards First Floor Conference Room November 13, 2006 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), John Rioux, Vice Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Al May (Bureau of Health), Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses), Kathy Schulz (Workers’ Compensation Board), Dave Wacker, and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health)

Absent: 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), and Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor).

Staff: Terry Hathaway and Ted Bradstreet.

Bill Peabody called the meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group to order at 10:13 A.M.

October 18, 2006 Minutes. After review of the minutes and amendments, John Rioux made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Brian Doe seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

Data & Prevention Subgroups Update.

Data Subgroup – Al May. The Data Subgroup had a discussion of issues with Workers’ Compensation. Most templates have been completed. The MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization draft is still being reviewed.

Prevention Subgroup – Dave Wacker. The survey and letter are done with a return date of January 15, 2007. There will be no identifiers or any follow-up unless the company chooses to do so

Draft of Legislative Report – Bill Peabody. Bill intends to get a draft before the next meeting on Wednesday, December 20th. Bill asked the group to be thinking about an outline of what to do for next year.

Legislative Update – Bill Peabody. There aren’t a lot of safety and health-related issues in the legislative package, but may show up. Bill did say that the Workplace Violence study group continues to meet.

Other. Kathy Schulz is doing a study on the “100 Most Costly Workers’ Compensation Claims, 1999-2003”. There are 30 open cases as opposed to 10 open cases in the previous study. There are only two deaths in this top 100. Jeff Levesque is handling the requests for presentations. Discussion followed.

Next meeting – Wednesday, December 20, 2006. The agenda will include an early draft of the legislative report, subgroup reports, and a legislative update.

Adjournment. Bill Peabody adjourned the meeting at 10:59 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway Recording Secretary