Behavioral Based Safety Won't Work Because...........

Wednesday • Carson 4 • 2:45 PM


Don Kernan
President and Managing Consultant
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Track: Implementing BBS

There are a limitless number of EXCUSES not to implement BBS; the boss is old school, the supervisors do not value safety, we're a union workforce, we're a small workforce spread over a large area, you can't do observations for truck drivers, our shifts don't talk to each other, our injury rates are already low, and so on. Having implemented BBS in multiple sites for a Fortune 100 company which won Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies accreditation, I can testify that all excuses are just that, EXCUSES!

A sample of Don’s work at Supervalu Inc.:

  • Led the successful consolidation of $1.9 billion annual sales into a regional distribution center
  • Successfully led multiple consolidation projects capturing millions in ongoing  expense reduction
  • Extensive experience managing customer sales and relationships
  • Chaired a company-wide task force eliminating over $18 million dollars in aged inventory across the supply chain  Led two distribution centers to national acclaim in a revolutionary behavioral based safety and operational improvement program
  • Led an enterprise-wide, cross functional team charged with creating a supervisor training curriculum and establishing an intern program for graduates majoring in supply chain services
  • Excelled in operating non-union and union distribution centers 

Other experience includes:

  • Serves as an advisor to the board of directors of The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies 
  • Serves as a safety accreditation commissioner of The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
  • Designed and implemented a behavioral based safety and behavioral based distribution operations system for one of the nation’s largest retailers of consumer packaged goods
  • Delivered a workshop on workplace cultural change strategies Don was Regional Vice President of Logistics at SUPERVALU, then the U.S.’s third largest traditional supermarket firm. During 32 years there, he served in various operations, merchandising, and executive leadership roles. He began his career at the Wetterau Corporation, where he managed the company’s most profitable distribution operation. Earlier in his career with Wetterau, Don was Vice President of Sales and Merchandising.