USPS OIG: Reporting of OSHA Injury and Illness Rates

Background The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires covered employers, including the U.S. Postal Service, to record information about every work-related injury or illness that involves medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, or death. OSHA also provides an OSHA injury and illness (I&I) rate that employers use to determine problem areas…

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OSHA: Des Moines postal sorting facility cited $119,900 for safety violations

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service, 2323 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa Citations issued: June 2, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration‘s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal mail sorting facility for two repeated and two serious safety violations. The citations follow a December 2015 OSHA investigation of…

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USPS: Reflecting safety – Districts use mirrors to encourage seatbelt use

New “safety mirrors” are being deployed throughout the district to remind Postal Service drivers to wear their seatbelts. The mirrors come equipped with seatbelts or tape that mimics belts; when an employee looks at the mirror, their reflection reminds them to buckle up. The district, part of Capital Metro Area, has installed the new mirrors…

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USPS OIG: Is Your Post Office Safe and Well-Maintained?

Project Title: Facility Condition Reviews – Northeast Area Start Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 Estimated Report Release Date: September 2016 In a 2015 report, the OIG identified poor working conditions at a Post Office in New Mexico. We found problems with heating and air conditioning, lighting, electrical, and plumbing systems as well as deteriorating building…

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USPS: Beat the Heat, Stay Cool

It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures begin to rise, and the potential for heat-related illnesses becomes a factor during your daily work routine. Here are some quick tips for battling the heat: Hydrate before, during, and after work. Prevention is important, so make sure to maintain good hydration by drinking at least…

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OSHA’s final rule to ‘nudge’ employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

DOL News Release – May 11, 2016 New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is…

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