Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • November 28, 2007:


Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group


Bureau of Labor Standards Central Maine Commerce Center Frances Perkins Conference Room A November 28, 2007

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Brian Doe (Hannaford); John Rioux, (Maine Department of Labor); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); Al May (Maine Center for Disease Control);

Absent: Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance); Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda); Stephanie Jazlowiecki (McTeague-Higbee); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Steve Minkowsky (Workers' Compensation Board); Kathy Schulz (Workers' Compensation Board); Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor); Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses); and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Staff Present: Terry Hathaway and Ted Bradstreet.

Call to Order: Bill Peabody called the meeting to order at 10:09 a.m.

October 17, 2007 Minutes: Motion made by John Rioux to accept the minutes as written. Seconded by Brian Doe. Vote, unanimous.

2007 Report – Bill Peabody. Bill handed out an updated draft of the 2007 report, which incorporated changes discussed at the last meeting. He noted that at the last meeting he had committed to get the report done and out to members electronically; however, the Labor Committee had several meetings regarding the State budget crunch. Those present discussed the report. Bill will work on the draft and send out an electronic copy to members for their review within the next week so the report can be finalized before the December 19th meeting.

Bill gave the “go ahead” for Brian to explore the MEMIC study and check to see if a similar study could be done with Hannaford. Brian will let the group know at next month’s meeting.

Bill asked Al to write a brief paragraph about the lead identification and CO programs, including an example of how it is used in the Occupational Disease Reporting system to get to an intervention, which leads to an action.

Small Business Needs Assessment Survey – Ted Bradstreet. The group received a one-page document of the broken-down MOD Rate Classifications as requested by members at the last meeting. It shows that training, advice/assistance, and inspections are the most widely used services. Discussion continued stating that most companies do not use services unless there is a need. There was further discussion on notifying companies of where they can go IF there is a need, perhaps a post card.

The “draft” of the Executive Summary of the Maine Small Business Safety and Health Needs Assessment” was sent electronically for members’ comments. To date, no one has responded.

2008 Start-up – Bill Peabody. Once the recommendations are finalized, the group can look at the issues and organize for 2008.

Membership. Bill is trying to replace a couple of people, one from the insurance side and either one or two employers. He has received a commitment from Federal OSHA for a representative, who will be their Employee Assistance person; however, currently that position is vacant.

Discussion continued to how to get word out to small businesses; a couple of suggestions discussed were SCORE and DECD (Department of Economic and Community Development).

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for December 19, 2007, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Frances Perkins Conference Room A, Central Maine Commerce Center.

Adjournment – Bill Peabody adjourned the meeting at 11:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway, Recording Secretary