1. What is the goal of FACE?
The Wisconsin Fatality
Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) program goal is to reduce the
number of work-related deaths in Wisconsin. FACE is one of many
prevention programs conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Health and
2. What is the role of FACE?
The FACE Program allows
employers, co-workers, family members or witnesses to provide
information confidentially about an event in which a worker dies. The
FACE Program focuses on identifying factors that increase the risk of
fatal injury to workers while on the job.
What does FACE not do?
FACE does not evaluate
compliance with occupational safety and health standards or determine
fault. The information gathered by FACE is used to develop prevention
programs and provide recommendations to help employers and workers
develop safer working conditions and behaviors. FACE staff analyze
information to develop practical, preventive workplace safety measures.
What is my role in FACE?
Information you provide about
a work-related death is important in developing safety measures. FACE
staff will ask questions about the events related to the injury, safety
practices at the worksite, and hazards related to the job task.
What is a site visit?
A site visit is essential for
observing the site where the fatality occurred so FACE will routinely
request permission to visit the incident site and photograph the area.
This enables the FACE staff to recreate what is often a complex series
of events that lead to the fatality and allows staff to review the many
factors which must be considered to understand how the fatality
Where available, pre-existing
photographs will be used. Any photographs will be taken in such a manner
that the company's identity is not revealed. Workers will not be
Is FACE information kept confidential?
FACE information always
remains confidential. The data collection procedure does not include
identification of victims, co-workers, employers, witnesses or other
involved individuals. All providers of information remain anonymous and
completely confidential with FACE staff. The information is analyzed to
identify the risk factors associated with the fatality, and a summary of
the incident is written that includes recommendations for prevention of
similar occurrences. It does not identify any individuals, employers or
How is FACE information used?
The summary that describes
the incident is distributed to the employer, other concerned
individuals, and safety and labor organizations. A case
"alert" may be written and distributed to inform other workers
and employers of steps they might take to prevent similar injury in the
Data is entered into state and national databases for analysis.
Safety experts use the information to develop interventions for broad
How can I report an occupational fatality or obtain additional
information about FACE?
contact the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:
Phone (608) 264-9879
Fax (608) 267-4853
Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701
November 27, 2012