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Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program.

Cohen M
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01-OH-008336, 2007 Oct; :1-20
The Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program has collected and compiled information on traumatic fatal occupational injuries since September 1, 1997. Washington FACE has become a visible and recognized program by industry and labor groups throughout the state. The program has provided over 30 presentations each year to industry groups and meetings in addition to widely disseminating targeted prevention and training materials to industry. Over 70,000 Washington FACE reports are downloaded from the web site and over 7,000 copies of Construction Fatality Narratives were emailed to targeted recipients each year from 2002-2006. Additionally, more than 8,000 hard copies of investigation and case series reports were mailed to industry-focused recipients. Washington FACE has also contributed to research by conducting studies, subsequently published in the peer-reviewed literature, on the use and adoption of roll-over protection structures on tractors, and the hazards of gases in hay silos. The Washington FACE Program has developed a successful surveillance system that has been refined over the past eight years to track acute trauma fatalities in the state. These data are analyzed, summarized and distributed to industry and the public through presentations, mailings and publication on the Washington FACE web site. The most common work-related fatalities from 1998-2005 (686 total) involved motor vehicle incidents (30.5% of total), followed by machine related fatalities (16.6%), falls (12.2%), incidents where the victim was struck by a falling object (7.7%), and homicides (7.3%). Prevention material has been developed and disseminated to stakeholders, resulting in 50 construction fatality narratives, 14 root-cause investigation reports, and 11 Fatal Facts case series/hazard alerts. Regular evaluations of the fatality narratives have shown that over 70% of both recipients and trainees intend to make changes in the way they conduct their work as a result of receiving the narrative or training using a narrative. Evaluation follow-up surveys showed that over 40% of companies reported making changes after receiving and reading a Washington FACE investigation report. These results show a positive impact toward reducing the risks of acute trauma fatalities in high risk occupations.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Construction-industry; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Training; Traumatic-injuries
Peregrin Spielholz, Washington Department of Labor and Industries, SHARP Program, Box 44330, Olympia, Washington 98504-4330
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Page last reviewed: January 7, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division