FATALITY ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL EVALUATION (FACE) PROGRAM
NIOSHFACE began in 1982. Participating states voluntarily notify NIOSH of traumatic occupational fatalities resulting from targeted causes of death that have included confined spaces, electrocutions, machine-related, falls from elevation, working youth, and logging. NIOSH FACE is currently targeting investigations of deaths associated with machinery, deaths of foreign born workers, energy production, and falls in construction.
State FACE began in 1989. Currently, seven State health or labor departments have cooperative agreements with NIOSH for conducting surveillance, targeted investigations, and prevention activities at the state level using the FACE model. In addition to the NIOSH targets, states conduct investigations of fatalities related to state-level targets. State FACE investigations have included fatalities related to renewable energy, logging, agriculture, transportation, commercial aviation and fishing, suicides and homicides, worker deaths involving toxicological issues, semi-truck and dump truck fatalities, public sector workers, incidents involving multiple workers, chemical-related fatalities, young workers under 25 years of age, older workers over 60 years of age, asthma-related deaths, temporary workers and volunteers, and tree trimmers. Categories that differ from the NIOSH FACE targeted causes of death may only be available on individual state websites.
The primary intent of this program is to provide interested users with access to the full text of hundreds of fatality investigation reports. This site also includes background on the FACE program-including the history of the program, a full description of the program, and contact information-as well as relevant links to other sites of interest.