WRSC Program: Psychology and Evolution of Behavior-Based Safety in the Workplace
Western Reserve Safety Council
Topic: Psychology and Evolution of Behavior-Based Safety in the Workplace (Part 1)
Speaker: Donny Owens, Owens Corning
This Part 1 session explains what risk is, how people react to risk and the level of exposure and how to alter people's risk perception. The presenter explains behavior and cognitive influences and what leading indicators you need to measure to limit exposure. The presenter then discusses the three pillar approach to safety and how to integrate your behavior-based process to get the best return on your investment.
About the Speaker: Donny Owens, Lead Safety/Training Coordinator, Owens-Corning
Owens has been employed by Owens-Corning in Newark, Ohio, for more than 41 years. He started doing safety for GMP Local #244 in 1983. This includes safety committeeman, chairman of the GMP Safety Committee and since 1995, lead safety and training coordinator. During this time, Owens has been involved in the implementation of the plant’s behavior based safety (BBS) process. He has presented at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo yearly since 2011. Owens has also presented at 12 Ohio county safety councils and the International Dekra - Safety in Action conference (which he is now co-chairman of its international steering team). In addition, at the conference in Orlando this year he was named an “”International Safety Icon“. Owens has facilitated 16 local Owens-Corning BBS conferences, attended by 32 companies, including competitors. Since the inception of Owens-Corning’s BBS process, the company has reduced its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable rate from 18.5 to 0. This includes more than 1.4 million man-hours OSHA free while increasing the plant’s conversion efficiency by 12 percent. Owens has helped to develop a BBS process for self-observations, group observations and off the job observations. He has also helped several local facilities implement their own process