Living Safely is one of Owens Corning’s six company values, which is why we are unconditionally committed to occupational health and safety. We want all of our employees, their families and community members to have full confidence in the health and safetyof our global operations. Our goal is to eliminate all workplace injuries and demonstrate our progress in our march to zero by improving our safety performance each and every year as demonstrated by our recordable incident rate.

We are proud to be among several leading companies who have banned the use of cell phones by the driver of a vehicle to conduct company business. We now have four years of experience with this policy and remain convinced that we are a safer company as a result.This is a great example of our company’s passion to identify risk in advance of injury and taking action to prevent it.

We recognize that our safety performance is a critical aspect of our ability to execute. Therefore, we take a very strategic and disciplined approach to managing safety risks and impacts across our global operations.

We engage all our employees, and use multiple approaches, to promote healthy and safe workplaces. Together, we work on identifying hazards and reducing the risk of injury by eliminating or properly controlling identified hazards. We also thoroughly investigate incidents and share learnings across our company. In addition, we have safety committees, mandatory safety training, specialized hazard recognition and control programs, behavior-based safety processes, and an operational focus on Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) to keep our procedures running safely and smoothly. We continuously work to ensure company-wide compliance with all applicable environmental, safety, health and sustainability requirements.

In 2017, we initiated an effort to specifically focus on reducing the risk of Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIF) within our operations, primarily associated with non-routine tasks and maintenance activities by employees and contractors. Included in these efforts is the updating of our Critical Six to leverage all the learning that has taken place since they were developed and to create new SIF standards where needed. Additionally, we are pursuing promising technology that can be integrated into new processes and equipment, as well as retrofitted into existing equipment, with the ultimate goal of “SIF-proofing” our operations.

Key Performance Indicators

  • While we are committed to eliminating all injuries (goal of 0), our interim goal is to make progress on our march to zero by demonstrating a year-over-year reduction in the ratio of injuries per employee hours worked.  We measure this using a recordable injury rate (RIR). We have moved to using RIR to demonstrate our progress in safety since this ratio allows us to accurately compare progress even when there is a significant year- over-year variation in the number of hours our employees work.
  • Our RIR in 2017 was a modest improvement from 2016 and 85% below the industry average, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2015 (the most recent data available).
  • Since 2001, the number of recordable injuries has been reduced by more than 90%.
  • 51% of our global facilities were injury-free in 2017.


A distinguishing feature of Owens Corning’s commitment to safety, health and wellness is the leadership and successful collaborations with other leading companies and organizations in this area. We truly can learn and improve together.