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Occupational Safety & Health Data Collection

And Injury Prevention Working Group


Bureau of Labor Standards

First Floor Training Room

September 29, 2003

1:30 PM


Present: Bill Peabody, Chair (Maine Department of Labor), Gary Baxter (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company), Ralph Tucker (McTeague-Higbee), Brian Doe (Hannaford), Vanessa Duquette (Maine Department of Labor), Stefanie LaRose (Northern General Services), Kim Lim (Maine Department of Labor), Steve Minkowsky (Workers’ Compensation Board), Louise Morang (Maine Association of Occupational Nurses), John Rioux (Maine Department of Labor), Suanne Singer (Maine Self-Insured Guarantee Association), Dave Wacker (Maine Department of Labor), and Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Absent: Saskia Bopp (Maine Public Health Association), Brad Brown (Maine Bureau of Insurance), Peter Doran (Maine Institute for Occupational Health Education), Denise Dumont (US HealthWorks), and Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association).


Chair Bill Peabody opened the first meeting of the Occupational Safety & Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Working Group at 1:40 PM.

Members introduced themselves.

Review of Enabling Legislation. Mr. Peabody explained the law, which is a result of L.D. 398, "An Act to Improve Collection of Information about Work- related Injuries and Enhance Injury Prevention Efforts". Each member present received a copy. This legislation states "The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards shall convene a working group beginning not later than October 2003…" The function of this group, according to the legislation, is to "identify ways to improve data collection, analysis and injury prevention programs within the State". The legislation also states "… the bureau shall report the recommendations of the group by January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2006 to the Governor…"

Mr. Minkowsky gave a brief overview of the IABAC (International Association of Boards and Commissions saying that EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is an on-going process.

Work Plans. Mr. Peabody explained that this group is a public body. A list of members will include contact information to be used within the group; the list is not a matter of public information. Anything that is said is a matter of public information. Anyone can come to these meetings, including the press. Should anyone in the group receive a question from the press, refer them to Mr. Peabody at the Bureau of Labor Standards. The minutes will be placed on the Bureau of Labor Standards’ website. This group will be meeting monthly. A poll will be taken to see what days work for the majority.

Mr. Peabody stated that the name will be the "Occupational Safety and Health Data Collection and Injury Prevention Working Group" based upon the legislation. Two subcommittees will be formed; one for the prevention side and the other for the data side. There was discussion about using the existing data sources, within state government and the state as a whole, as a basis for recommendations. The subcommittees would report to the larger group. Due to the work of the Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA) the data side is more advanced.

Synopsis of Data Sources (from MORA). Each member received a listing of Identified Data Series and Summary, which Mr. Rioux put together from MORA. Mr. Rioux explained the name/owner, description, possible use/good features, and problems with the different sources of data.

Establish Subcommittees (tentative). This will be done at a future meeting.

Next meeting. The group will take a look at prevention. There will be a presentation by Dave Wacker, who will explain what BLS does, including enforcement for the public sector. There will also be a speaker from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to explain about the private sector.

A poll of members will be taken regarding day and time of meetings. All meetings will be held in the First Floor Training Room, Bureau of Labor Standards and will be approximately two and two-and-a-half hours in length.

Adjournment. Mr. Peabody adjourned the meeting at 3:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,



Terry M. Hathaway

Recording Secretary