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Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA)
Steering Committee Meeting

Bureau of Labor Standards

Third Floor Conference Room

November 13, 2002



Staff present:   Terry Hathaway, Lynne Lamstein, & John Rioux.


Members Present):  Denise Dumont (U.S. HealthWorks), Carol Eckert (MIOHE), Ruth Lawson-Stopps (Occupational Health Associates), Jonathan Lepoff, Kim Lim (Maine Bureau of Labor Standards), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers Compensation Board), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), Pat Philbrook (Maine State Nurses Association), & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).


Members Absent:  Brad Brown (Bureau of Insurance), Peter Doran (MIOHE), Peter Crockett (MLGH), Ron Dyer (DEP), Brenda Joly (Maine Center for Public Health), David Kern (Health Connections), Andy Smith (Bureau of Health) & Jonathan Torres (Workmed).


MORA Presentation at NIOSH - Ivan.  Ivan reviewed the MORA Presentation he did at the Best Practices Conference.  It will be placed on the MORA website.  The Steering Committee supports Ivan’s idea of applying for a partnership with NORA (June 2003).  Ivan will proceed with apply for a partnership and contact the Steering Committee before the next meeting.


Leslie Walleigh heard from David Kern, who is unable to commit to the Steering Committee and is resigning.  The Steering Committee accepts his resignation.


Due to the contributions from our last meeting, refreshments are available.


Commission on Safety and Health in the Maine Workplace Update - Ivan.  Ivan has spoken with Hugh Flynn, Chair of the Commission.  Ivan will check with Hugh or Linda Nickerson to see if he can be placed on the agenda for their December 4th meeting to speak about the 2003 MORA Conference.  Lynne stated that MORA is not dependent upon the Commission for funding.


Leslie asked a question concerning the membership of the Commission and asked if we could suggest someone to be a part of the Commission.  Lynne explained that the Governor appoints the members and that if there were any vacancies, we could certainly recommend someone.  Lynne will check with Bill Peabody and Linda Nickerson to see if they can keep us informed of any vacancies.


PR Efforts - Lynne, Jon Torres, and Ron Dyer. Lynne handed out a draft brochure for comments from the Steering Committee.  She will incorporate the changes.  Lynne asked members to suggest mail lists, as well as newsletters, who might be interested in getting the MORA brochure so that MORA can become more visible.


Conference 2003 Update - Lynne, Ivan, & Kim.  Lynne handed out a list of confirmed presentations.  She needs the titles of the breakout sessions so it can be finalized for printing.  Discussion included getting union representation as well as speakers for toxic exposure and cost drivers Presenters should be finalized before the December 11th Steering Committee meeting.


Kim spoke on the budget.  A contract will be set up between the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) and the University of New England (UNE) for an account under the MDOL name, with William Peabody as the fiscal agent.  MIOHE has contributed $5,000 for the 2003 Conference and there is a NIOSH grant of $24,000.  Any revenue generated by the 2003 Conference will go back into the account for MORA/MIOHE activities.  Ivan made a motion stating this.  Steve Minkowsky seconded.  Vote, unanimous.


Lynne extended her thanks to the Steering Committee for all their contributions for the 2003 Conference.  Ruth extended the Steering Committee’s thanks to Lynne & Kim for doing the work.


Review of Topic Research Areas.  Kim suggested that the Steering Committee revisit the NORA model, as there are different categories for each research topic area.  At the December 11th meeting, Kim will present the NORA model. The topic research areas will meet between the December 11th meeting and the January 8th meeting. 


The topic research area groups will meet before the December 11th meeting.


Kim handed out a publication, NORA Update 2001. 


Next meeting.  Wednesday, December 11, 2002, 9:00 AM - Noon, Bureau of Labor Standards Third Floor Conference Room.


Respectfully Submitted,



Terry M. Hathaway