By: Cormac Gilligan, UPS Global Head – Health and Safety
Our drivers and package handlers are like world-class athletes. To help keep UPSers prepared for their work, we invest more than $343 million in safety training each year and have a network of hundreds of health and safety professionals hard at work around the world.
Being prepared to work in the heat is critical. Coming to work well rested and staying hydrated are some of the most important ways to keep safe in hot weather. We also know that these are only part of the safety solution. The right training, the right gear and the right equipment are also key to helping UPSers stay safe.
With that in mind, we have spent the last several months working with top experts in heat safety to study various working conditions and further improve our trainings and protocols to help our employees work safely—especially on hot days.
Here are five ways we’re making this summer even safer for all UPSers:
- We’ve introduced Recharge, a new health and safety program developed in partnership with experts in athletic hydration and heat-safety from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut. We’ve also partnered with MISSION®, a major activewear company that specializes in cooling fabrics. These scientists have decades of experience studying the impact of heat on the human body, and we’ve incorporated their expertise into our annual heat awareness training, taking heat-safety science from the sports world and bringing it to UPS.
- We’re equipping our delivery drivers with new cooling sleeves and hats – developed in partnership with MISSION® – bringing athletic innovations off the playing field and court and into our operations. Studies show that cooling key parts of the body can help significantly reduce the risk of overheating, and MISSION®’s state-of-the-art technology helps its cooling fabrics stay up to 30 degrees cooler than body temperature. The gear was featured recently on NBC’s Today Show during a segment on summer must-haves.
Watch as UPS drivers from San Antonio try the new cooling gear.