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Bureau of Labor Standards
Third Floor Conference Room
Staff Present: Ted Bradstreet, Terry Hathaway, Desi-Rae Mason, & John Rioux.
Members Present: Sharon D’Orsie (USM), Peter Doran (ALAM), Carol
Eckert (MIOHE), Ginger
Jordan-Hillier (DEP), Jonathan Lepoff (Consultant), Ruth
Members Absent: Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance), Valerie Carter (Bureau of Labor Education), Peter Crockett (MLGH), Denise Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Saskia Janes (Maine Public Health Association), Jeff Levesque (Maine Workers’ Compensation Board), Kim Lim (Bureau of Labor Standards), Heather Mason (Maine Safety Council), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers’ Compensation Board), Louise Morang (MAOHN), & Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association).
Guests: Leslie Manning (Deputy Director, Bureau of Labor Standards), John LaCasse (Medical Care Development), Sandi Butler (UMO), & Len Kaye (UMO)
Ivan Most, Chair, opened the meeting at
John LaCasse, Medical Care Development. John handed out a copy of Medical
Care Development Annual Report 2003. Medical Care Development (MCD) is a
Discussion involved the disbanding of MIOHE and the
transfer of their funds to MORA, which is an advisory committee of the Maine
Department of Labor. MORA should have a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with the
Department of Labor. Dr. LaCasse said that it was possible to have matching
funds from state government. The
The next step will be for MORA to discuss its alternatives. Dr. LaCasse was given a copy of the Operative document to review and he will get back to the group. Ivan handed out a sample copy of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).
In summary, John Rioux and Ivan Most will discuss a MOU between MORA and the Maine Department of Labor. Jonathan Lepoff and Saskia Janes will meet and start to develop the MOU with Medical Care Development. Ivan will review NIOSH funding requirements for organizations and continue contact with UNE.
Ivan shared a letter from Lyman Cousens, Safety & Health Council of Northern New England. MORA will invite Mr. Cousens to a future meeting. MORA would like to have a representative of the safety council sit on MORA.
Operative Document. After review of the Operative Document, it was decided to add the vision statement and to delete the dates. The major review included the Goals and Objectives. A copy of the revised Operative Document is included with these minutes. Ivan is looking for volunteers to be on a subcommittee to develop the action plan.
Ivan asked the membership to consider if they are interested in becoming the vice chair. If so, they can contact either Ivan or Jonathan.
Ivan will not be at the January meeting, so Jonathan will preside.
2005 Conference Update. Desi-Rae stated that there are currently 25 abstracts, with five or six more expected. Leslie Ingraham, UNE, and Kim Lim will notify those who are accepted by the end of this month. Ivan asked that Kim summarize the abstracts, names, and organizations. This should be available at the December meeting.
Confidentiality Plan for February. Leslie Walleigh provided an update. The purpose is to have access to workers’ compensation data for occupational health surveillance testing. She e-mailed several states. She will coordinate with Jeff Levesque for a report at the February meeting. Leslie will bring this up to the Prevention Data Advisory Work Group.
Prevention Data Advisory Work Group Update. Leslie reported that the work group is in the process of reviewing the identified data sources for a report, due in January, to the Legislature.
Forum. Sharon D’Orsie handed out regarding the role of environmental factors in
determining the prevalence of asthma in
Aging Report – Sandy Butler and Len Kaye. Ruth Lawson-Stopps explained that, along with Lynne Lamstein and Peter Crockett, she was on a MORA subcommittee on aging. This group formed a partnership with Sandy Butler and Len Kaye. Together they got funding for a pilot study on the aging worker from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Sandi presented a power point
presentation on the Maine Older Worker Pilot Study. The definition of an older
worker is 55 plus. She explained the background, perceptions about occupational
health, pilot study in
Next Meeting –
Chair Ivan Most adjourned the meeting at .
Terry M. Hathaway