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An overview of the NIOSH state-based fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology project.

Dower JM; Pizatella TJ
National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1991 Sep; :8-9
In October 1989, NIOSH, through its Division of Safety Research (DSR), sponsored cooperative agreements for conducting selected fatality investigations at the state level using the Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology (FACE) research methodology. Three states - Colorado, New Jersey, and Massachusetts - were provided funds to conduct FACE-type fatality investigations through state departments of Health and/or Labor. All state programs, although structured differently, have a surveillance component for identifying electrocution, fall and confined space-related fatalities, and an investigation component for conducting on-site investigations. The state-based FACE activities complement the in-house NIOSH FACE program, and share the goal of identifying factors that may increase the risk of work-related fatal injury. State-based FACE investigations provide states with the ability to target specific research and prevention efforts within their state. State intervention strategies should enable more effective fatality countermeasures to be developed and implemented by employers, employees, and state and federal regulatory agencies. State-based FACE program activities in fiscal year 1990 were committed to developing notification systems, recruiting and training personnel, evaluating intervention strategies, and conducting 38 FACE-type investigations. NIOSH DSR support activities, project start-up lessons and future program directions will be discussed. The ultimate goal of this project is to conduct FACE investigations of all work-related deaths at the state level.
Accidents; Accident-analysis; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Epidemiology; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Worker-health; Work-environment; Surveillance-programs; Traumatic-injuries
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National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio
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