A thirst for safety: Rene Acosta wants you to stay hydrated

‘Safety is my no. 1 goal’
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Rene Acosta comes to work each morning thinking about a lot of things – how many packages he has in his truck, his schedule for the day, catching up with his regulars. But more than anything, Rene is thinking about his health.

“I get up every morning, go run a mile and make breakfast,” Rene says. “I keep a bottle of water in the front of my truck. I'm constantly, at every stop light or sign, taking a drink of water.” 

The pro tip straight from Rene? Hydration is everything. As a wellness champion and safety committee member, Rene is one of the thousands of UPS employees who dedicate time each day to encouraging fellow drivers to think about their choices. 

“Everyone’s body is different. We educate drivers as much as we can because you’ve got to know your body,” Rene said. 

Close to home: Rene’s mission to take care of his co-workers was shaped by the tragic death of a family member. The loss of his brother to liver cancer drives Rene to encourage others to make good choices and take care of each other.  

“I can’t wait to get home to my last stop every day, my family. Safety is my number one goal.”

A group of UPS employees talking together in a facility.

Did you know? UPS collaborates directly with our employees to drive excellence in health and safety.  

  • In 2022, UPS invested more than $343 million in U.S. safety training, and operations employees like Rene completed over 6.7 million hours of safety training. 
  • UPS and the Teamsters established an innovative safety committee platform known as the Comprehensive Health & Safety Process (CHSP) where Teamsters-represented employees are involved in the health and safety of their fellow front-line employees.
  • Across the U.S., there are more than 2,700 CHSP committees. These employee-driven teams work with UPS management to educate workers about safety and wellness. 

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