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Maine Occupational Safety & Health Research Agenda (MOSHRA)
Steering Committee Meeting

Bureau of Labor Standards

Third Floor Conference Room

January 9, 2002

Staff present:
Terry Hathaway.

Members Present: Dan Cote (MEMIC), Peter Doran (MIOHE), Denise Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Ron Dyer (DEP), Brenda Joly (Maine Center for Public Health),Ruth Lawson-Stopps (Occupational Health Associates), Jonathan Lepoff, Kim Lim (Maine Bureau of Labor Standards), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers Compensation Board), Peggy Parsons (Maine Cancer Registry), Jonathan Torres (Workmed) & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).

Members Absent:
Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance), Peter Crockett (MLGH), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), Andy Smith (Bureau of Health), and Peter Snell (Peter Snell & Associates).

Peter Doran welcomed the MOSHRA Steering Committee. Jonathan Lepoff extended Peter Snell’s invitation to Cultural Factors to be held at Associated Grocers.

Data Committee. Ruth Lawson-Stopps reviewed the proposed legislation (draft was handed out at our last meeting). Senator Beth Edmonds presented the legislation to the Legislative Council and it was not approved for this legislative session; however, the Labor committee is looking into the WCB Governance Study Report and will be working on legislation, which will include some of the points in the proposed legislation: Medical Only be included, data collection for First Reports, data be collected electronically from insurers; and that some group be appointed by the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) to look at the data and what can be done with it (i.e, the MOSHRA Group). Ms. Lawson-Stopps told the Steering Committee that this takes us out of the political process.

Peter Doran and Ruth Lawson-Stopps, along with Dan Cote, will be meeting with Michael Frett, Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, at 9:30 A.M., Friday, January 11, 2002. The key points to be brought to Mr. Frett’s attention include update of MOSHRA Steering Committee, requesting information from BLS on industrial hygiene, and getting a $10,000 financial commitment for the MOSHRA 2203 Symposium.

Research Priorities. Dr. Jonathan Torres handed out " Proposed Procedure for Setting the Maine Occupational Research Agenda", written by Dr. Torres and Dr. Margaret Parsons. Dr. Torres presented an overview of the proposed procedure. There are three major sections: General Principles, Procedure Overview, and Proposed Procedure with Timelines. After much discussion, the Steering Committee agreed that the title should be changed to "Proposed Procedure for Setting the Maine Occupational Safety & Health Research Agenda". In this case, instead of MORA, we would be known as MOSHRA. Kim Lim handed out a copy of the NORA Priority Research Areas.

The Steering Committee also agreed that under "General Principles", Item #3, we should add the word "criteria" at the end of the first sentence and that the criteria should be listed separately rather than as part of the paragraph. Also, the addition of "h) Key informant information".

Under "Procedure Overview", the Committee changed #4 under Section A replacing "research topics" with "occupational safety and health problems". Under Section B, the word "topics" was replaced with " problems". The Steering Committee added a new Section C to read "For each problem area, potential research questions are developed". That changed the Sections to be A through F rather than A through E.

Under "Proposed Procedures with Timelines", under WCB Progress Engine (WCB), under the "Who" column, Steve Minkowsky’s name was added. Also to the list of Maine occupational health databases, MEMIC was added with Dan Cote under the "Who" column. The Steering Committee also added 6) Report at major statewide conferences.

Dr. Parsons suggested a committee to identify key informants. The committee consists of Ivan Most, Denise Dumont, and Jonathan Torres.

Steve Minkowsky made a motion to accept the "Proposed Procedure for Setting the Maine Occupational Research Agenda" as amended by the Steering Committee. Dan Cote seconded. Vote by Steering Committee, unanimous. Terry Hathaway & Dr. Torres will collaborate on the revisions so that the Proposed Procedures will be available for the group meeting with Mr. Frett on Friday, January 11th.

MOSHRA 2003 Symposium - Planning & Design. Kim Lim handed out a copy of the Letter of Intent sent to the CDC/ATDSR for the MOSHRA 2003 Symposium requesting 65% support. This is the first step in the funding application process. The Symposium will not be held at the University of New England in Biddeford on May 22 & 23, 2003 as that is their graduation weekend. A new location has to be found. Also, a financial commitment of $10,000 (40% of the total amount needed for the Symposium) from the Bureau of Labor Standards is necessary. Kim Lim will check with Ivan regarding a professional planner. By June of this year, the Steering Committee needs to come up with the format of the 2003 Symposium. This agenda item will be carried over to the next meeting of the Steering Committee

SafetyWorks! Newsletter. Peter Doran handed out a copy of the SafetyWorks! Newsletter to the Steering Committee in Lynne Lamstein’s absence. This may be a way for MOSHRA to reach more people. The Steering Committee agreed to form a subgroup for Communication and Outreach. The subgroup consists of Ron Dyer, Jonathan Torres, Denise Dumont, and Lynne Lamstein.

Steering Committee Structure & Membership. The Steering Committee agreed that we should keep the membership as is for now. Terry Hathaway will check the MOSHRA Steering Committee e-mail list as Peter Crockett has been inadvertently omitted.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the MOSHRA Steering Committee will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 9:00 AM at the Bureau of Labor Standards’ Third Floor Conference Room.

Respectfully Submitted,

Procedure for Setting the Maine Occupational

Safety & Health Research Agenda (MOSHRA)

Presented to the MORA Steering Committee

January 9, 2002

(Revised January 10, 2002)

Developed by Drs. Jonathan Torres & Margaret Parsons


General Principles

1. The proposed research agenda is to be set by the MOSHRA Steering

Committee with review/input from the larger MOSHRA group and potentially other groups.

2. There is the understanding that the agenda will be based upon available

data and approached in a systematic fashion. Topics may also arise in

the absence of data.

3. Research topics will need to be of particular importance to occupational

Safety and health in Maine, based on one or more of the following criteria:

a) Frequency

b) Severity (e.g., health care costs, lost time, productive years

of life lost)

c) Trending

d) At-risk populations based on demographics and industry type

e) Comparison with the U.S. or other states

f) National research priorities (NORA)

g) Inadequate or nonexistent data

h) Key informant data information.

4. The perceived feasibility of research should not initially be a criterion for


5. Involvement of MOSHRA may include the following:

a) Monitoring of agenda progress

b) Performing primary research

c) Collaborating with, sponsoring or providing representation

to other research organizations

d) Reporting the results from on-going research.


Procedure Overview

A. A report to the steering committee will be made on each of several data sources by one or more members with the following format that will be helpful in identifying research priorities. Each group/individual would report:

1. A report of injury or illness data with frequency rates, severity, trends, and national comparisons.

2. Important factors identified; such as industry type, demographics, etc.

3. A report of any significant "holes" in the data for consideration.

4. Identification of one or more occupational safety and health problems based on this review.

B. Occupational health problems not adequately assessed with existing data will be considered by the Steering Committee after taking suggestions from key informants across the state. The Committee will identify these key informants.

C. For each problem area, potential research questions will be developed.

D. A consensus on research agenda priorities will be a function of the Steering Committee and a subcommittee will write the draft document.

E. There will be external input from the MOSHRA group on priorities selected.

F. The Steering Committee will finalize the Maine’s Occupational Safety and Health Agenda.

Proposed Procedure with Timelines

Who When

1) Review existing information

a) Maine occupational health databases Steering Committee Feb. 02

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (BLS) Kim Lim

Maine Cancer Registry (BOH) Peggy Parsons

Maine Health Data Organization (hospital discharge) ?

Occupational Disease Reporting System (BOH) Andy Smith

OSHA 200 Log Data Collection System (DOL) Kim Lim

OSH Survey (DOL) Kim Lim

WCB Progress Engine (WCD) Steve Minkowsky

WCB First Reports of Injury & Illnesses Kim Lim

"Characteristics of Work-Related Injuries &

Illnesses in Maine" (BLS)

MEMIC (aggregate data) Dan Cote

b) Other databases

Maine DEP: Toxic Release Inventory; other info? Ron Dyer Feb. 02

Poison Control

c) Maine key informants (?quick e-mail survey to key ? Jan/Feb 02

professionals asking their impression of which (present mar. 02)

occupational health issues are important for Maine

based on frequency, severity (time lost, cost), recent

trends, how Maine compares to the rest of the nation)

d) Other existing Maine reports? ? Mar. 02

e) U.S. data (could brainstorm this at next meeting) ? Mar. 02

f) NORA research priorities Kim Lim Mar. 02

2) Identify Maine’s significant occupational health and safety problems

based on information reviewed.

a) Data Gaps Steering Mar. 02

b) Known occupational health problems Steering Mar. 02

3) Develop potential research questions from identified Steering Apr. 02

occupational health problems

4) Consensus on Research Agenda Priorities Steering Apr. 02

Write up draft Subcommittee

5) External Input on Priorities Selected May 02

6) Finalize Maine’s Occupational Safety & Health Steering June 02

Research Agenda

Report at major statewide conferences

Terry M. Hathaway