Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • April 16, 2008:

Minutes:

Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

Minutes

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

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Peter Doran (MORA); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor); Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health); and Ann Willette (Maine Municipal Association).

Staff Present: Terry Hathaway.

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

March 19, 2008 Minutes. John Rioux made a motion to accept the May 19th minutes as written. Jeff Levesque seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

Membership Update –Bill Peabody. As Ann Willette, representing Maine Municipal Association (MMA), has joined the work group, introductions were made. Dave Wacker, Workplace Safety and Health, Maine Department of Labor, will attend future meetings. At this time, there is no final word from OSHA. Bill will check further. The work group needs another employer representative. Ann explained that MMA insures 85 percent of municipalities; some of the larger municipalities are self-insured.

2008 Topic Updates.

Self-insured Study. Bill had heard from Brian Doe and said that Hannaford is willing to do a study of MO claims, but would like to get some other large self-insureds involved (i.e., State of Maine and the University system) for a broader based study. Leslie suggested Earle Pease as a contact for the State of Maine. John suggested checking with the Maine Self-Insured Guarantee Authority (MISGA) as they receive data from all self-insureds. Discussion followed. Bill will explore the possibility of having someone from the State Workers’ Compensation area participate in this group.

MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization). Leslie has nothing to report at this time as she only works at the Maine CDC (Center for Disease Control) once a week.

M.O.’s (Medical Only). Jeff provided the update. The computer program, Corvu, ran out of space, but now is back up and running and can run the profile of the M.O.’s. Jeff will send an article by Steve Moriarity from the Workers’ Compensation Coordinating Committee’s newsletter.

Small Business Survey. John said that one of the questions on the survey asked if the employer would use web-based training and two-thirds of the respondents stated “no”. We need to find out why they said no and will gather results and present to this group.

Detailed Review of Prevention Activities. Bill said he is waiting for OSHA and Dave Wacker, Workplace Safety and Health Division, Maine Department of Labor.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Frances Perkins Conference Room A, Central Maine Commerce Center.

Adjournment – Bill Peabody adjourned the meeting at 11:38 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway, Recording Secretary