Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE)

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The Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program's goal is the prevention of occupational fatality. Program elements include:

  • Tracking all work-related acute trauma fatalities.
  • Conducting investigations of a select number of these incidents.
  • Distributing information for the prevention of future fatal injuries.

The FACE Program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or NIOSH which is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a unit of the United States Department of Labor, also tracks occupational fatalities.

The FACE program currently has two components:

  • NIOSH In-house FACE 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, and logging. In-house FACE is currently targeting investigations of deaths associated with machinery, deaths of youths under 18 years of age, deaths of Hispanic workers, and street/highway construction work zone fatalities.

FACE publications[edit]

  • Fatality Data Summaries - summaries of the fatalities and a list of the incidents.
  • Fatality Investigation Reports are reports describing root-case based investigations of fatal incidents.
  • Fatality Narratives are one-page descriptions of recent fatal incidents.
  • FACE Fatal Facts are bulletins that have been developed to address specific workplace hazards.

Work-related injuries in the United States claim the lives of more than 5,000 individuals annually.[1] Men are most frequently on-the-job fatality victims. Workers' Memorial Day is celebrated annually to honor those who died on the job.

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