Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group

  • November 9, 2008:

Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group Minutes Bureau of Labor Standards Central Maine Commerce Center Frances Perkins Conference Room November 19, 2008 Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance); 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); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor); Leslie Walleigh (Maine Center for Disease Control) Staff Present: Linda Huff, Lauralee Raymond, and Terry Hathaway. Call to Order: Bill Peabody called the meeting to order at 10:07a.m. Introductions were made as this was Lauralee Raymond’s first meeting. October 15th Minutes. Peter Doran made a motion to accept the October 15th minutes as written. John Rioux seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous. 2008 Topic Updates. • Self-insured Study. Brian said that Hannaford has gotten their new computer system up and running. He has drafted a letter asking Hannaford to do the self-insured study. He will meet with Bill after today’s meeting to review the letter. Also, Brian would like to see a copy of the MEMIC study. • MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization). Leslie said that, at this time, this would be dropped from the agenda as efforts are being put into other data collection. • • M.O. (Medical Only). Bill said there has to be more research to justify use of Medical Only (M.O.) and a major part of that would be the self-insured study. Jeff added that the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) does not support M.O. collection due to the Wilson Decision. • Small Business Survey. John handed out a copy of charts regarding some of the answers from the “Small Business WEB Training Follow-up Questionnaire”. He explained the handout. John stated that the best way to get results is to mail out information pointing to our web site on a post card. Peter suggested John talk with Naomi Mermin, Department of Health and Human Servcies, regarding lead poison prevention. Leslie asked how Labor provides resources to employers who do not have computers. Bill said that SafetyWorks! Now has a mobile trailer classroom to reach the smaller companies. • Detailed Review of Prevention Activities. o State Plan Status - Bill reported that he will be meeting with the Commissioner of Labor regarding the State public sector plan for OSHA. After the Commissioner’s approval, the next step is to get the Maine Congressional delegation to attain more money from OSHA. o o EISA (Expedited Informal Settlement Agreement) Program Evaluation - Bill explained that OSHA fines employers and gives them options for payment. Employers can reduce their fine by 50 percent by calling the Safetyworks! office for training and/or a consultation. The Bureau of Labor Standards is working the collection of data on consultations regarding how many employees have been directly affected by our services. Kim will be doing the evaluation going back to 2004. o Other. Recently, Bill attended the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The emphasis was on public safety and migrants. Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 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

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 November 19, 2008

Present: William Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor); Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance); 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); Jeff Levesque (Workers' Compensation Board); Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor); John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor); Leslie Walleigh (Maine Center for Disease Control)

Staff Present: Linda Huff, Lauralee Raymond, and Terry Hathaway.

Call to Order: Bill Peabody called the meeting to order at 10:07a.m. Introductions were made as this was Lauralee Raymond’s first meeting.

October 15th Minutes. Peter Doran made a motion to accept the October 15th minutes as written. John Rioux seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous.

2008 Topic Updates. • Self-insured Study. Brian said that Hannaford has gotten their new computer system up and running. He has drafted a letter asking Hannaford to do the self-insured study. He will meet with Bill after today’s meeting to review the letter. Also, Brian would like to see a copy of the MEMIC study.

• MHDO (Maine Health Data Organization). Leslie said that, at this time, this would be dropped from the agenda as efforts are being put into other data collection. •
• M.O. (Medical Only). Bill said there has to be more research to justify use of Medical Only (M.O.) and a major part of that would be the self-insured study. Jeff added that the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) does not support M.O. collection due to the Wilson Decision.

• Small Business Survey. John handed out a copy of charts regarding some of the answers from the “Small Business WEB Training Follow-up Questionnaire”. He explained the handout. John stated that the best way to get results is to mail out information pointing to our web site on a post card. Peter suggested John talk with Naomi Mermin, Department of Health and Human Servcies, regarding lead poison prevention. Leslie asked how Labor provides resources to employers who do not have computers. Bill said that SafetyWorks! Now has a mobile trailer classroom to reach the smaller companies.

• Detailed Review of Prevention Activities. o State Plan Status - Bill reported that he will be meeting with the Commissioner of Labor regarding the State public sector plan for OSHA. After the Commissioner’s approval, the next step is to get the Maine Congressional delegation to attain more money from OSHA. o
o EISA (Expedited Informal Settlement Agreement) Program Evaluation - Bill explained that OSHA fines employers and gives them options for payment. Employers can reduce their fine by 50 percent by calling the Safetyworks! office for training and/or a consultation. The Bureau of Labor Standards is working the collection of data on consultations regarding how many employees have been directly affected by our services. Kim will be doing the evaluation going back to 2004. o
Other. Recently, Bill attended the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The emphasis was on public safety and migrants.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 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