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Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection
And Injury Prevention Work Group
Bureau of Labor Standards
First Floor Training Room
April 21, 2004
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Present: Bill Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda), Denise Dumont (US HealthWorks), Linda Greer (Hannaford – sitting in for Brian Doe), Jeff Levesque (Workers’ Compensation Board), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses), Ralph Tucker (McTeague-Higbee), and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).
Absent: Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Vanessa Duquette (Maine Department of Labor), Saskia Janes (Maine Public Health Association), Stefanie LaRose (Northern General Services), Steve Minkowsky (Workers’ Compensation Board), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor), and Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor).
Guests: Ellen Schneiter and Adam Thompson, Governor’s Office, Health, Policy, & Finance.
Chair Bill Peabody opened the fifth meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group at 9:35 A.M.
Introduction of Members and Guests. Members and guests introduced themselves.
Approval of Minutes of February 18, 2004. Peter Doran made a motion to approve the minutes of February 18, 2004. Gary Baxter, seconded the motion. Vote, unanimous. The approved minutes will be posted to the website.
Ellen Schneiter, Deputy Director, Office of Health Policy and Finance, Governor’s Office.
Ms. Schneiter, along with Adam Thompson, provided an overview of Dirigo. There were two handouts. One, a brochure, entitled, "Dirigo Health, Help is on the way" and the other, "Dirigo Health, Working for Maine". Specifically, Dirigo Health will help with Access, filling the affordability gap; Costs, delivering lower health care costs; and Quality, improving quality of care statewide. The Dirigo Health Plan is designed for businesses with less than 50 employees, self-employed, and individuals. This plan will be offered starting July 1, 2004.
Also, Ms. Schneiter indicated that Dirigo Health is working with industry and advocacy leaders on developing a State Health Plan to guide future investments in health service statewide. Dirigo Health creates the Maine Quality Forum to promote quality of care statewide. More information is available at www.dirigohealth.maine.gov
After the presentation, the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group set up a subcommittee to discuss work-related issues on Health Risk Assessment intake questions to provide data elements that would be helpful. The subcommittee consists of Jeff Levesque, Louise Morang, and Leslie Walleigh. They will present an update at the next meeting of the work group.
Review of "Parking Lot". At the last meeting of the work group, Mr. Peabody had the members rank the "parking lot" according to their importance. The top three, which the work group will focus on, are: Dirigo Health, Self- employed, and Injury prevention services to self-insureds.
Dirigo Health. The work group decided that there are connections between Dirigo Health and the core issues in the Work Group study area(s). A subcommittee, consisting of Jeff Levesque, Louise Morang, and Leslie Walleigh, was formed to address this issue as it specifically relates to data elements regarding Health Risk Assessment.
Self-employed. Mr. Peabody announced that the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, has been approved by one of the Harvard Schools regarding a survey of self-employed, specifically in the construction industry. This may be expanded to logging. Perhaps, then, the survey can be expanded to other industries where self-employment is prevalent; i.e., fishing, lobstering, etc. The major focus of this survey would be from an economic standpoint looking at workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and collection of taxes. Mr. Peabody stated that the Bureau of Labor Standards has requested a summer intern, with an economics background, through the Margaret Chase Smith Institute to work on this survey.
The work group wants to know if it would be worthwhile to see if there is someone who has done a self-employed study, perhaps in other states. Mr. Peabody will check this out and see if he can find someone to speak to the work group. He will provide an update at the May meeting.
Mr. Levesque handed out the a copy of the rules for electronic filing, which have been approved by the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board on April 20, 2004. After discussion, Mr. Tucker suggested that it would be helpful to speak to the opposition to these rules. Mr. Peabody will check into this matter.
Injury prevention services to self-insureds. To be discussed.
Next meeting. The next meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 from 9:30 to 11:30A.M., in the First Floor Training Room, Bureau of Labor Standards, Hallowell Annex. Refreshments will be available.
Adjournment. Mr. Peabody adjourned the meeting at 11:43 A.M.
Terry M. Hathaway