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Bureau of Labor Standards
Third Floor Conference Room
Staff Present: Ted Bradstreet & Terry Hathaway
Staff Absent: Desi-Rae Mason & John Rioux.
Members Present: Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance). Peter Doran (ALAM), Carol Eckert (MIOHE), Ginger Jordan-Hillier (DEP), Jonathan Lepoff (Consultant), Jeff Levesque (Maine Workers’ Compensation Board), Kim Lim (Bureau of Labor Standards), Dwight Littlefield (Maine Bureau of Health), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).
(Bureau of Labor Education), Peter Crockett (MLGH), Sharon D’Orsie (USM), Denise
Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Saskia Janes (Maine Public Health Association),
Guests: John Newton (OSHA) & William Peabody (Director, Bureau of Labor Standards)
Ivan Most, Chair, opened the meeting at
Safety Conference. Ivan Most wrote a draft letter to Lyman Cousens of the Safety & Health Council of Northern New England. This letter was an apology based on a miscommunication regarding MORA’s cancelled presentation at the recent Safety Conference. As a result, Carol Eckert suggested that MORA keep a list of presentations that can be used.
Prevention Data Advisory Group Update – Leslie Walleigh. At the last meeting of the Prevention Data Advisory Group, Kim Lim did a presentation of the Occupational Safety and Health Indicators Project by the Council of State Territorial Epidemiologists. This project developed a formula for using data sources already existing in various states’ occupational health indicators. Also, Leslie had asked the work group to review the missions, which are to write a report which reviews the sources of information are in the state in occupational health and evaluate how those sources would be improved. A report is due to the Legislature in mid-January. Bill Peabody stated that there are two areas for the work group: data and research and prevention efforts.
Jeff Levesque explained that Workers’ Compensation Act has a confidentiality clause. Once there is a lump sum settlement, then it can be opened. After further discussion, Leslie Walleigh will be checking into how other states handle this and will report to the group at the November meeting, which will also be a planning session for our February meeting: background of confidentiality.
Operative Document. Discussion ensued. Several changes were made. Some of the key issues to be looked at are: 1) Define trends – look at economic community development; 2) Phase I – Employment Report – BLS, Occupational Injury by various – BLS; 3) Characterize hazards – exposure data; 4) Objective – Phase I - Assessment; Phase II – Projection; 5) Do we flip-flop Goal I and II. Ginger Jordan-Hillier suggested that Ivan Most present the update document to the group at the November meeting. In the meantime, Ivan will get together with Saskia Janes and present the updated document at the November meeting.
Under Goal II, Objective A, Organization – steering committee, which is comprised of task forces, officers, and alliance of groups. A question regarding task forces – should the task forces be allowed to have non-MORA members. Ivan stated that MORA is still called a steering committee as it steers a larger group. The question is does MORA continue being a steering committee? Peter Doran sees MORA as an interest group which allies with other interested parties. The missing links for members are business, labor, and insurance. Discussion of officers – chair, vice chair (project coordinator), secretariat (BLS), and treasurer.
Bill is a
supporter of the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) providing staff to MORA and
that a BLS employee is a representative on MORA. Also, BLS provides the
facilities and is comfortable continuing with that; however, if commitments
become more, it is open for discussion for a conditional commitment. If there
is a treasurer and MORA starts taking in money, it might change the
relationship and MORA would be subject to auditing by the Treasurer, State of
Bill did say that the Bureau of Labor Standards will
provide seed money for the 2005 Conference. He will review what money is
available. Also, registration fees may need to increase to cover the cost. Ivan
suggested that the 2005 Conference budget will be reviewed at the November
meeting. Ivan will be talking with Steve Shannon (
Ivan Most and Jonathan Lepoff will be the nominating committee. Jonathan will become Chair and they will look for nominees for Vice-Chair.
Open Forum – All.
Title of Event
Symposium: The Use of Science in the Bush Administration – Environment and Human Health Implications
UNE - Westbrook
Next Meeting –
II. John LaCasse, Medical Care Development
III. Aging Report – Ruth Lawson-Stopps & Sandy Butler, UMO
IV. Operative Document
V. 2005 Conference Update
VI. Confidentiality Plan for February
VII. Open Forum
VIII. Ann Backus Follow-up – Ivan Most
Next Meeting –
Chair Ivan Most adjourned the meeting at .
Terry M. Hathaway