Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • March 19, 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 March 19, 2008

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Brian Doe (Hannaford); Brad Howard (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); Al May (Maine Center for Disease Control); Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor); and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Staff Present: Terry Hathaway and Ted Bradstreet

Call to Order: Bill Peabody called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.

February 20, 2008 Minutes. John Rioux made a motion to accept the February 20th minutes as written. Louise Morang seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

2008 Report to the Legislature. Bill said that the report went to the Labor and Insurance Committee and, so far, he has heard no comments, questions, etc. Al said that the report is on its way to the Human Services Committee through the Department of Health and Human Services hierarchy. Bill has hard copies of the report available and it is also on the Maine Department of Labor website.

Membership. Bill announced that there is an OSHA representative who is a new member of MORA, but should also be a member of the work group. Bill will also speak to Workplace Safety and Health to get a representative who can attend on a regular basis. Louise Morang is going to speak to Ann Willette, Claims Manger, Maine Municipal Association, as a representative to the work group; Louise will inform Bill. Also, the work group still needs another private employer representative.

2008 Start-Up. Bill stated the following topics for 2008:

Brian Doe, Hannaford, will follow-up and report back to the group regarding MO (Medical Only) claims of a large self insured, similar to the study MEMIC did a few years back. Review of MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization) data by assessing the effect of use of the payer code and any other specifics. Now that the work group has had a presentation by Al Prysunka, MHDO, there is a funding issue. Bill is still working with the Maine Department of Labor for SETF (Safety Education and Training Fund) to use as a grant for the Maine CDC (Center for Disease Control) to get more time for occupational health issues. Bill still needs the Commissioner’s approval. John Rioux and Jeff Levesque are to look at the MO’s (Medical Only) currently submitted to provide data driven justification for rulemaking. Refinement of the Small Business Survey, done by the Prevention Subgroup by John Rioux and Ted Bradstreet. John will have someone review the questions and methodology. Detailed review of prevention activities for federal, state, and private sectors. The purpose is to find out what is available and who is doing what. Discussion of Workplace Safety and Health consultations and enforcement activities. Bill will try to have a more specific plan by the next meeting.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 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