Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • October 15, 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 October 15, 2008

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Brian Doe (Hannaford) Peter Doran (American Lung Association of Maine); Al May (Maine Center for Disease Control); Lousie Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Health Nurses); Kathy Schulz (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor)

Staff Present: Linda Huff, Leslie Manning, and Terry Hathaway.

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

September 17th Minutes. Peter Doran made a motion to accept the September 17th minutes as written. Louise Morang seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

Workers’ Compensation Presentation – Kathy Schulz. Kathy did a power point presentation on “An Employers’ Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Maine”. This presentation is for employers who are interested in finding out more about Workers’ Compensation and the insurer as well. There was a discussion regarding the definition of a M.O. (Medical Only). Under OSHA rules, a non-lost time case is recordable if there is medical treatment. According to Workers’ Compensation, it is based on medical cost without incapacity (loss of wages or loss of time). There was further discussion.

Sugarloaf Summit Update – Bill Peabody. Bill was on a panel at the Sugarloaf Summit. Bill, along with Steve Minkowsky, argued for reporting Medical Only (M.O.). It ended up that nearly everyone was against reporting M.O. cases.

Workers’ Compensation Board – September 30th Update – Bill Peabody. Bill stated that the Board did not take a vote on that date, and it appears that they will not. Meaning the status quo will prevail..

2008 Topic Updates. • Self-insured Study. Brian stated that Hannaford has a new computer system to get Workers’ Compensation claims on-line. It will be another month before he can bring up “data sharing”. The purpose of the self-insured study will be to replicate the MEMIC study, unless PDAG feels a different approach is necessary. Further discussion at the November meeting. • MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization). Nothing to report. • M.O. (Medical Only). Covered under previous discussion. • Small Business Survey. John handed out a draft copy of the results of the “Small Business WEB Training Follow-up Questionnaire”. He has received 35 responses. John asked the group to review and contact him if anyone has any questions. • Detailed Review of Prevention Activities. Nothing to report.

Other. Bill announced that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control, have entered into a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for the Bureau of Labor Standards to fund occupational disease reporting. Bill stated that work is continuing towards a public sector only State plan for OSHA.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Frances Perkins Conference Room, Central Maine Commerce Center.

Adjournment – Bill Peabody adjourned the meeting at 11:54 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry M. Hathaway, Recording Secretary