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The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program.

Burkhart J
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, June 1-6, 2002, San Diego, California. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2002 Jun; :103
The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is a research program designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries. The program goal is to prevent occupational fatalities across the nation by identifying and evaluating work situations at high risk for fatal injury and then formulating and disseminating prevention strategies to those who can intervene in die workplace. FACE investigations are not intended to enforce compliance with law, or determine fault or blame. The FACE project has two major components. The in-house FACE program began in 1982. Five states (NC, SC, TN, PA, VA) voluntarily notify NIOSH of traumatic occupational fatalities occurring in the targeted areas, that have included confined spaces, electrocutions, machine-related, falls from elevations and logging In-house FACE is currently targeting fatalities associated with machinery, deaths of youths under 18 years of age, and street/high- way construction work zone. Once notified of a workplace fatality, NIOSH investigators travel to the incident site to gather facts and data about the event. The state-based FACE program began in 1990. Currently, 15 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. state-based FACE programs conduct surveillance of all work-related fatalities in their respective states. NIOSH staff have completed 615 fatality investigative reports, and state staff have completed 1,100 reports. NIOSH uses this information to identify new hazards and case clusters. FACE information may suggest the need for new research or prevention efforts or for new or revised regulations to protect workers. Publications and articles are developed to highlight these high-risk work situations and to provide safety recommendations. Reports, Alerts, and other publications generated as a result of the FACE Program are available through the NIOSH web site.
Occupational-hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Traumatic-injuries; Hazards; Accident-prevention
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, June 1-6, 2002, San Diego, California
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