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Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection
And Injury Prevention Work Group
Bureau of Labor Standards
First Floor Training Room
Present: Bill Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Carol Grenier (sitting in for Stefanie LaRose, Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), Kurtis Petersons (Summer Intern, Bureau of Labor Standards), John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor), Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor), and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).
Absent: Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of
Insurance), Peter Doran (Maine Occupational Research Agenda), Denise Dumont (US
HealthWorks), Vanessa Santarelli (Maine Department of Labor), Saskia Janes
(Maine Public Health Association), Kim Lim Stefanie LaRose (Canon Cochran
Management Services, Inc.), Jeff Levesque (Workers’ Compensation Board),Steve
Minkowsky (Workers’ Compensation Board), Louise Morang (
Guests: Ann Beaulieu, Ted Bradstreet, and Barbara Chenoweth (all from Bureau of Labor Standards).
Chair Bill Peabody opened the eighth meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Work Group at
Introduction of Members. Members and guests introduced themselves.
Approval of Minutes of
Occupational Disease Reporting – Leslie Walleigh. Leslie Walleigh presented an overview of Occupational Disease Reporting at the Bureau of Health. She provided the following handouts: Criteria Guide to be Used for Reporting Occupational Diseases, Occupational Disease Reporting Rules and Regulations, Reportable Occupational Diseases, and Maine Occupational Disease Surveillance Form. She explained that the law requires physicians to report occupational illnesses to the Maine Bureau of Health; however, there has not been an active program at the Bureau of Health due to financial issues. There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Health and Maine Department of Labor, under the ABLES program, regarding lead-level monitoring prevention activities. Further discussion followed.
Leslie would like a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Health and the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board so the Bureau of Health can have access to define cases. Current funding of Occupational Disease Reporting is from a tracking grant and ABLES. Currently, the Bureau of Health is trying to get a NIOSH grant.
Self-Employed’s Study Update – Kurtis Petersons. Kurtis is
working on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. He is
developing a data base using
Unemployment Insurance tax audit results. Mr. Peabody added that under the
Unemployment Tax, there is a targeting method such that random selection is
limited to one percent. However, as
Discussion of Injury Prevention – Bill Peabody. Mr. Peabody explained that there is still no Deputy Director of the Bureau, so he is still doing two jobs; however, the position has been advertised and several applications have been submitted. Once someone has been selected, he will have more time to pull together what the work group has discussed in the first eight meetings and come up with a report to the Legislature.
Mr. Peabody asked if anyone had any ideas for presentations on a data collection or injury prevention. John Rioux suggested the Kim Lim do a presentation on the indicators he has found as they relate to Occupational Disease Reporting beyond workers’ compensation.
Currently, the Bureau of Health and the Department of Labor are working on a joint grant to NIOSH/CDC to improve and expand the surveillance system.
Adjournment. Mr. Peabody adjourned the meeting at .
Terry M. Hathaway