Department of the Interior

Change 5/8 hr day schedule to 4/10 hr day staggered split crew

For agencies requiring 5 day coverage and who are working 5/8 hr shifts. Split the crew into two crews. Change the shift to a 4/10 hr shift. One crew will work M-Th, the other crew work T-FR. This will increase coverage to 10 hrs a day, for 5 days a week without increasing labor cost. It will reduce fuel consumption and green house gas emissions for crews that travel to remote sites driving government vehicles by 20% (by driving 4 days instead of 5) .It will reduce fuel consumption and green house gas emmissions by commuters by 20% (by driving 4 days instead of 5). Will reduce wasted man hours in unnecessary travel time (4 days vs 5). Will reduce wasted man hours by reducing the amount of paid breaks (2 breaks a day for 4 days vs. 2 breaks a day for 5 days). Reduce the amount of set up and tear down time (4 days vs 5 days). Reduce wear and tear on government vehicles by 20% (4days vs 5) which in turn will reduce vehicle maintenance and replacement cost. Reduce employee exposure to driving hazards and accidents by 20% (4 days driving vs. 5). Improve employee morale. Improve overall efficiency for operations and have less of an impact on the environment. With our hydro-power operation at the Northern California Area Office, it would impact over 40 Government vehicles, Save approximately 8,320 gallons of fuel a year for government vehicles, save 4,160 gallons of fuel for commuters, reduce overall green house emissions by 20 %, reduce wasted man hours by 4,160 annually.

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