Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • May 21, 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 May 21, 2008

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Bill Coffin (OSHA); Brian Doe (Hannaford); Peter Doran (MORA); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor); Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor); and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Staff Present: Terry Hathaway, Ted Bradstreet, and Steve Laundrie.

Call to Order: Bill Peabody called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.

April 16, 2008 Minutes. John Rioux made a motion to accept the April 16th minutes as written. Jeff Levesque seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

2008 Topic Updates.

Self-insured Study. Bill is currently working on getting another agency to participate along with Hannaford. Brian reported that Hannaford is willing to participate. Bill and Brian will come up with a game plan and follow-up with each other next week. MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization). Leslie reported that, as a result of the MHDO presentation, should meet with representatives of the MHDO Board. Lisa Parker will do computer runs to query agriculture injuries. M.O.’s (Medical Only). Jeff e-mailed an article, Advice to Employers on Filing First Reports on “Med Only” Claims, written by Steve Moriarty to Terry who forwarded the article to the members of this group. Jeff said there are more M.O.’s in the system for preventive measures. He has been talking with Steve Minkowsky and the Workers’ Compensation Board, regarding a rule requiring the filing of a first report in M.O. cases. As to the profile, Jeff will do a query through Corvu and get together with John.

Bill Coffin (Federal OSHA) arrived, so the Chair interrupted the 2008 Topic Updates so that he and Dave Wacker could summarize OSHA and SafetyWorks! Bill announced that OSHA has fifteen alliances and partnerships and that fourteen of those included SafetyWorks! As an example, Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) has saved over $300,000 in Workers’ Compensation costs in the first six months due to efforts made by SafetyWorks! and OSHA as there was an improved workplace, returning people to work, and making everyone more aware. Bill also explained the Local Emphasis Programs (LEP’s) target industries with high risks for injury and/or illness.

Bill Peabody asked how are LEP’s chosen. Bill Coffin said that they are chosen according to where they see a need from talking with SafetyWorks! or seeing a high injury/illness rate.

Dave summarized the SafetyWorks! consultation program. SafetyWorks! will be presenting a training program for approximately 60 New England and Maine arborists, including crane and chipper safety at the training center in Fairfield. SafetyWorks! currently has an alliance with the Maine Health Care Association to reduce and prevent hazards in the healthcare industry. OSHA runs programs for the Maine Health Care Association in Portland, Augusta, Orono, and Caribou. The OSHA contact is Brian Sullivan, who is non-enforcement.

Both OSHA and SafetyWorks! staffing were discussed. OSHA has fewer inspectors doing the same number of inspections and the travel budget has been cut. Dave said that SafetyWorks! is currently fully staffed with 16 consultants. There are two full-time positions and one supervisor for Enforcement. Dave also explained that SafetyWorks! has two award programs, SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) and SHAPE (Safety and Health Award for Public Employers). SHARP is for the small, high-hazard worksites with 250 or less employees. SHAPE is for all public sector employers who voluntarily take the necessary steps to ensure their employees’ safety and health. Currently, there are 16 public employers participating in the SHAPE program. Also, SafetyWorks! has a MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) program, where they provide trainings for miners in gravel pits, There is one underground mine located in South Paris, Maine.

2008 Topic Updates (continued).

Small Business Survey. John had a couple of handouts, which had previously been sent via- e-mail for comments from the work group. They are the WEB Training Access Questionnaire (to be sent to those who responded “no” to question 49) and Maine Small Business Safety and Health Needs Assessment Executive Summary. The questions are worded awkwardly. John asked the work group members to get comments to him so Bill can sign a letter to be mailed out with the above.

Detailed Review of Prevention Activities. Bill Peabody will check with Dave Wacker regarding “Safety Director on Disk”, which is a computer-based model.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 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