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9278870 - Project title Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Project

Start Date: 10/1/1983
End Date: 9/30/2016

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: Nancy T. Romano
Phone: 304-285-5889
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: DSR/SFIB
Funded By: NIOSH

Primary Goal Addressed

Secondary Goal Addressed

Attributed to Construction

Project Description

Short Summary

This program is a research program designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries. The goal of the FACE program is to prevent occupational fatalities across the nation by identifying and investigating work situations at high risk for injury and then formulating and disseminating prevention strategies to those who can intervene in the workplace.


Through on-site fatality investigations, FACE personnel collect agent, host, and environmental information from the pre-event, event, and post-event phases of the fatal incident via a case series design to facilitate descriptive analysis of the incidents. These investigations are not conducted to find fault or place blame, but to identify contributing factors and develop recommendations for preventing similar deaths.
The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is voluntarily notified of selected occupational fatalities by the Departments of Labor in the states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia; the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Offices in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; and the Allegheny County Coronerís Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NIOSH is notified of work-related deaths of youth under 18 years of age across the nation by the Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor. This project provides technical support and assistance to State FACE programs, and fosters coordination and collaboration across states and with the NIOSH FACE program.
State FACE is a continuing extramural program of identification and epidemiologic investigation of selected occupational fatalities. The objective of the FACE project is to prevent fatal work-related injuries through an integrated program of surveillance, on-site investigation, and dissemination and prevention activities. The project is implemented through cooperative agreements with State health and labor departments. Currently, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington participate in the program.


The goals/objectives of this project are to prevent fatal work injuries by identifying work situations at high risk of fatal injury and developing prevention strategies for those who can intervene in the workplace. Because it is not possible for NIOSH to conduct investigations of each of the more than 5,200 work injury deaths each year, NIOSH selects specific types of fatalities for investigation based on numbers and rates of injury death, and the potential for the investigation findings and recommendations to influence research and prevention efforts.

Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director


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