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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.

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 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).


Occupational Safety & HealthRecent Reports

In 2020 the Kentucky Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation program recorded 12 workplace drug overdose fatalities-the highest number since its inception in 1994. This alarming trend continued into 2021 with 18 drug overdose fatalities occurring in Kentucky workplaces, which was three times higher than the number recorded in 2019. The number of workplace overdoses decreased to 7 in 2022.