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UPS Awarded "Green Cross for Safety"


today was formally presented the Green Cross for Safety Medal by the National Safety Council at a ceremony in the nation’s capital.

Established in 1999, the Green Cross for Safety Medal recognizes organizations and their leaders for outstanding achievements in safety and health, community service and responsible citizenship. To be considered, an organization and its leadership must demonstrate a superior record in advancing safety and health practices consistent with the mission of the National Safety Council.

“Safety at UPS is not about any one person; it’s about 427,000 of the best people in the business,” said UPS Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew in accepting the award. “Safety is integrated into all we do at UPS. It’s found in the way we hire, the way we train and the way we act. Safety is a core value to the organization and a personal value to those who work at UPS.”

UPS is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and safety has been part of the company’s leadership philosophy from the start. Safety guidelines were originally developed for the company’s bicycle messengers and then for drivers of the Ford Model T. In 1917, as training and development programs began to take hold, drivers were given their first defensive driving handbook. Today, UPS invests more than $400 million a year in training programs, including 26 formal UPS safety training courses taught in more than 1,700 facilities. UPS employees receive more than 1.3 million hours of safety-related training annually.


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