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Maine Occupational Research Agenda (MORA)
Steering Committee Meeting
Minutes

Bureau of Labor Standards
Conference Room

June 20, 2001


Staff present: 
Jonathan Lepoff & Terry Hathaway.

Members Present: Peter Doran (MIOHE), Ron Dyer (DEP), Ruth  Lawson-Stopps (Occupational Health Associates), Kim Lim (Maine Bureau of Labor Standards), Steve Minkowsky (Maine Workers Compensation Board), Ivan Most (Strategic Occupational Health), & Leslie Walleigh (Workplace Health).


Members Absent:
:  Dan Cote (MEMIC), Denise Dumont (U.S. Healthworks), Bill Freeman (OSHA), Peggy Parsons (Maine Cancer Registry), Tom Ryan (Central Maine Technical College), Peter Snell (Peter Snell & Associates), & Jonathan Torres (Workmed).

Guest: Bill Newkirk (Redington-Fairview Hospital).

 

Tom Ryan (CMTC) will not be able to be a part of the MORA Steering Committee at this time.

Jonathan Lepoff is retiring from the Department of Labor, but will continue to serve on the MORA Steering Committee.

Ivan Most will be attending the NORA meeting in Washington D.C.

Bill Newkirk presented information on SYSTOC. The size of the data set is 175,000 companies in 44 states at 500 locations with different measures of the occupational market. SYSTOC has software available that does job analyses, tracks treatment, job risk data, etc. Each data set is separate and is broken down by area (Waterville-Skowhegan- Augusta, Bangor, and Portland) consisting mostly of healthcare providers. The data sets are held in Skowhegan. There is confidentiality. Data is available starting with 1981. The State of Ohio has a model and is smaller than Maine. Mr. Newkirk told the Steering Committee that the Washington State Workers’ Compensation System as a paperless pilot. SYSTOC’S website is available to everyone who Internet access.

Ruth Lawson-Stopps gave a Data Committee Report. She handed out a hard copy of the Data Committee Report and reviewed it with the Steering Committee. Peter Crockett from the Maine Labor Group on Health would provide missing information. He is interested in joining this group. The Ddata Committee would like to meet with Paul Dionne (Workers’ Compensation Board) and the co-chairs of the Labor Committee. The recommendations made by the Data Committee are in priority order. Reagarding#4, Steve Minkowsky can help with the First Report. For the August 1st meeting, the Data Committee will have a list of dates and then decide who is to be involved. The next meeting of the Data Committee will be on July 18th, here at the Bureau of Labor Standards Third Floor Conference Room at 9:00 A.M.

Peter Doran suggested inviting Peter Crockett to speak about Labor’s input at the August 1st meeting of the MORA Steering Committee. Ruth Lawson-Stopps will call Mr. Crockett to invite him.

The agenda was set for the August 1st meeting. The Steering Committee decided that a reminder notice be sent out a couple weeks before the meeting. The agenda will include the Data Committee’s Report, Peter Crockett, and the 2002 Conference.

Bill Peabody, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, presented the ASPA Public Service Award to Peter Doran.

Steve Minkowsky presented a Legislative update. There are three (3) separate studies of the Workers’ Compensation Board ordered by the Labor Committee, Legislature, and Governor. The first one is a $125,000 study to look at the Board to see if certain functions should be transferred. The second is a government evaluation study by the Administration. The Workers’ Compensation Board is first on the list and will involve the quality of data. The third is that the Workers’ Compensation Board is to submit an action plan as to how the Board will staff and fund the Monitor and Enforcement Program. Also, the Annual Report is being prepared for presentation to the Board in July and then to the Labor Committee. After it’s been approved, Steve will bring it to the next meeting.

There is a Workers’ Compensation Summit being held September 9-11 at Sugarloaf.

Meeting adjourned at 11:21 A.M. by Peter Doran.


Respectfully submitted,



Terry M. Hathaway
Secretary