USPS: Staying safe during hot weather

The Postal Service wants employees to stay safe during hot weather. You should hydrate before, during and after work, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Research shows you should drink at least 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Dressing appropriately for the weather is important, too. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting and breathable…

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Does the Postal Service Have an Effective Employee Exit Process?

Project Title: Employee Exit Process Start Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Estimated Report Release Date: January 2021 Exit processing refers to procedures followed when an employee separates from the Postal Service. Separations are personnel actions that result in taking the employee off the rolls of the Postal Service. Procedures vary depending on the employee (i.e.,…

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Thousands of OSHA investigations already closed during COVID-19 pandemic

By Matt Flener – July 1, 2020 KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Thousands of investigations into working conditions across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting quietly closed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after complaints of working conditions by employees and the public. What’s left unexplained is why those investigations…

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USPS: Always carry essential service provider letter

USPS wants every employee and contractor to continue to carry the essential service provider letter that the organization issued this year. The letter explains that the Postal Service is part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is continuing normal operations during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the civil unrest occurring in many communities. Additionally,…

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USPS Annual Sustainability Report

The Postal Service has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from facilities, vehicles and utilities by 22.4 percent since 2008 — the equivalent of removing more than 250,000 cars from the road in a single year, new data shows. The information is included in the latest USPS Annual Sustainability Report, which was published last week. The report…

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For Sale: The Post Office

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2020) – Lawmakers and government officials continue to debate the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its funding and viability as a public agency. The R Street Institute’s latest policy short explains the multi-billion-dollar portfolio of property held by the USPS and how divesting such properties could benefit the agency, which is…

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USPS OIG: Value to the Nation

Did you know that July 1 is National Postal Worker Day? In its honor, we’re going to run a blog series during the month of July that focuses on the value the Postal Service brings to the nation. We all know the Postal Service delivers mail to almost every address six days a week. And…

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USPS using automated guided vehicles inside plants

Postal Service plants are using driverless robotic vehicles inside to help process mail faster. The automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, perform repetitious work such as hauling mail back and forth from docks to sorting machines. “AGVs enhance efficiency by doing stuff robots can do easily, while freeing up humans to do things only humans can…

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