Kentucky continues to have elevated numbers of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses compared to overall U.S. rates. KIPRC is grounded in the belief that workplace injuries are preventable through the proper implementation of OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative, and personal protective equipment. It is the goal of KIPRC's occupational safety and health programs to improve occupational injury morbidity and mortality; identify state-specific occupational health priorities and issues; inform work-related standards, regulations, and interventions; and advance usefulness of occupational injury surveillance data at federal, state, and local levels for prevention of occupational injuries and hazards.
The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is an occupational fatality prevention and surveillance program of the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. Kentucky is one of nine FACE states currently funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Kentucky FACE program has conducted surveillance of all occupational fatalities in the state since 1994.
In addition to surveillance, Kentucky FACE staff members conduct on-site investigations of workplace fatalities, producing investigative reports and other training materials that contain targeted recommendations for workplace injury prevention.
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) expanded program consists of three integrated component programs: 1) KOSHS; 2) Occupational Health Indicators (OHIs); and 3) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE).
The overall KOSHS program focuses on population- and case-based surveillance of occupational injuries and illnesses in Kentucky, with emphasis areas that include prevention of occupational motor vehicle collisions and severe traumatic injuries; total worker health; integration of occupational health programs with other national and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded programs; epidemiological analyses of occupational injury and illness surveillance data; surveillance data quality improvement; and occupational injury and illness prevention interventions.
The overall goal of the Kentucky Occupational Motor Vehicle Injury Surveillance (OMVIS) Program is to develop a comprehensive surveillance database to identify and study occupational motor vehicle (OMV) crashes in the state of Kentucky. This includes identifying OMV crashes of vehicle types that are difficult to identify as occupation-related (e.g., delivery vans, ride-hailing services) in crash databases.
Using the OMVIS database, we aim to develop a new occupational health indicator (OHI) that will be used to identify OMV crashes along with high crash corridors and locations for OMV crashes. Program findings will be disseminated through epidemiological reports, publications, presentations, and trainings.