Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • January 16, 2008:


Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group


Bureau of Labor Standards Central Maine Commerce Center Frances Perkins Conference Room A January 16, 2008

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); John Rioux, (Maine Department of Labor); Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance); Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses); and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Absent: Brian Doe (Hannaford); Stephanie Jazlowiecki (McTeague-Higbee); Al May (Maine Center for Disease Control); Steve Minkowsky (Workers' Compensation Board); Kathy Schulz (Workers' Compensation Board); and Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor).

Staff Present: Terry Hathaway.

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

December 19, 2007 Minutes: Jeff Levesque made a motion to accept the December 19th minutes as written. Peter Doran seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

2007 Report to the Legislature – Bill Peabody. Bill handed out a final draft of the 2007 report, which incorporated changes Bill had received via e-mails and discussion at the last meeting. Bill also handed out a copy of an e-mail from Al May with Al’s suggestions. As Al was not in attendance at today’s meeting, Bill will be contacting him to clarify the information. The work group did decide to move one of the recommendations from page 6 to page 7, replacing a corresponding recommendation. Bill will incorporate the changes for the final report.

2008 Start-up – Bill Peabody. Bill handed out a list of suggested tasks/activities for 2008 based on the final 2007 legislative report and discussion at last month’s work group meeting.

The first task is profiling MO claims to support the need for rulemaking. John Rioux and Jeff Levesque are the lead folks on this task. Jeff addressed the issue of profiling Medical Only’s (M.O.’s). If they are getting enough voluntarily to address prevention then there would not need to be a rule mandating M.O.’s. There was further discussion on OSHA and Workers’ Compensation and the difference in definitions regarding injuries. Once the profiling of current data is finished, we will be able to answer some of the questions and determine if more needs to be done.

The second task is MO claims of a large self-insured. Bill said that Brian Doe of Hannaford would be willing to take on that task.

The third task is to continue review of MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization) data by assessing the effect of use of the payer code and any other specifics the work group may be interested in. Leslie Walleigh has sent Al Prysunka, MHDO, an e-mail (including a draft of the 2007 legislative report and background), requesting he do a presentation to a joint meeting of the work group and MORA.

The fourth task is refinement of the small business survey results, which will be handled by John Rioux and Ted Bradstreet.

The fifth task is a detailed review (catalogue) of prevention activities – federal, state, private. The work group would like to evaluate the SafetyWorks management information system as a possible data source for targeting interventions.

Membership. As Bill had to leave the work group meeting, John took over as chair. Suggestions for additional membership include a representatives from the Maine Department of Labor, Workplace Safety and Health Division, OSHA (Bill had stated before he left that OSHA has promised representation on the work group once they hire a CA), a union, State government insurance, and self-insured. John will discuss with Bill. If members think of anyone else, please e-mail Bill.

Other. Maine Health Data Organization. This has been covered under the third task under 2008 Start-up.

Repetitive Motion Injury Question (Youth Health Survey) – John Rioux. John handed out a copy of an e-mail to Terry Hathaway and Patricia Page (Outreach and Education). John has been on an interdepartmental coordinating committee with the Department of Education (DOE). They have decided to propose an alternate question. The e-mail has several suggestions for a question and there can only be one question. The work group wants to throw out all the suggested questions and come up with a new question, “If you spend more than an average number of hours per day, do you have any symptoms?” John will check with the DOE and get back to the work group.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Frances Perkins Conference Room A, Central Maine Commerce Center.

Adjournment – John Rioux adjourned the meeting at 11:29 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway, Recording Secretary