Protect yourself when management gets on your truck, whether it’s a one-day production ride or a three-day OJS.
Use TDU's new online tool to document your OJS or one-day ride so you have the records you need if the company tries to harass or discipline you for production.
Complete the OJS Checklist online and then save a PDF for your records. Or download the checklist to fill out by hand.
ON YOUR OJS, REMEMBER TO:
Do your complete pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
Completely stretch after your first delivery stop and at the end of your meal period.
Keep your same routine as normal. Work at a safe, sustainable pace. Don’t rush or take shortcuts.
Follow all UPS delivery methods, including:
- Follow the posted speed limit at all times, including on UPS property and in other parking lots.
- Wear your seatbelt and use three points of contact when entering or exiting the vehicle.
- Use proper body mechanics when lifting. Get close to the package. Bend with the knees.
- Back up only when necessary. Scan and size up the area before backing. If in doubt, get out and look. Tap your horn repeatedly to signal your intentions.
- Walk on walkways and driveways in residential areas. Don’t cut across the grass. Cutting across the grass is against UPS safety methods.
- Send messages on the DIAD as you normally would.
Don’t allow management to help you. Holding doors, assisting in carrying packages or loading a handtruck, helping you find packages in the back, and giving directions on how to deliver the route are easy ways management tries to speed you up.
Don’t take shortcuts from your normal routine that will artificially inflate your SPORH.
Your Rights on an OJS
You have the right to use the bathroom when you need to, just like on any other day. Don’t let the supervisor discourage you from using the bathroom or try to limit you from going only on break time.
You have the right to get a drink if you’re thirsty. Follow UPS methods on “cool solutions” to stay hydrated.
You have the right to work safely, without distractions. If the supervisor talks to you while you’re driving you have the right to inform him that his actions are distracting and therefore unsafe to yourself and the general public.
If the supervisor walks on your heels, you have the right to stop and respectfully communicate that you are working with urgency and purpose but also need space to perform your job safely.
If the supervisor handles packages, opens doors, or assists you in any way, then the OJS cannot be used in determining a fair day’s work. Take notes if this occurs.
You have the right to choose your meal time, as long as you take it during the designated period defined by your supplement.
You have the right to work free of harassment. If over-supervised or harassed, document it.