May 9, 2013
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2013
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009
AUGUSTA— Officials with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recognized the contributions of staff of the Bureau of Labor Standards during a routine visit to the Maine Department of Labor in April.
Paul Sciuchetti, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) regional office in Boston, presented Steve Laundrie and Mark Dawson of the Research and Statistics Unit in Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards with certificates of recognition. Sciuchetti acknowledged their work for a presentation at the annual Occupational Safety and Health Statistics Training conference in Oklahoma City in January.
Laundrie and Dawson presented on “Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordables vs. Workers’ Compensation Data.” The presentation provided an overview of OSHA recordkeeping and the relationship to date collected by the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illness and Workers’ Compensation reports.
“Steve and Mark have a great deal of experience helping businesses in Maine comply with OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements, teaching classes in recordkeeping and helping employers fill out the annual mandatory survey,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “In some cases they teach the essentials of the class over the phone. We’re pleased to know that they have made a contribution to the national collection and analysis of this important worker injury data.”
The Department of Labor’s Technical Services Division is Maine's leading resource for data and analysis relating to workplace injuries and illnesses. It conducts safety and health research on work related injuries, illnesses and fatalities; approves substance abuse testing policies pursuant to Maine law; publishes prevailing wage rates for certain state contracted public works projects; provides customized company profiles on occupational injuries and illnesses; and offers training and speakers on injury and illness recordkeeping through the SafetyWorks! program. More information about the Bureau of Labor Standards and its divisions is found at http://www.maine.gov/labor/bls/index.shtml .