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October 2013

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Oregon OSHA announces partnership with Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program

Oregon OSHA has entered into a partnership with the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program to improve the quality and quantity of fatality investigations. The FACE program, funded through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is designed to deepen the understanding of factors that contribute to workplace injury and deaths and to identify more proven strategies for prevention.

FACE program researchers will be provided access as a silent observer to select fatality investigations and will be able to make suggestions to Oregon OSHA investigators about questions that should be explored. The FACE program will not publish any information until the Oregon OSHA investigation report is public. Oregon OSHA can also nominate compelling closed cases for follow-up and further investigation. Program priorities include any fatality in the Portland metro area, falls in residential construction, and workers 65 and older involved in transportation or mobile machinery events. Ultimately, the partnership will result in new outreach and educational materials surrounding workplace fatalities.

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