Envelope Containing Ricin Addressed to POTUS Intercepted

A letter addressed to President Donald Trump that was intercepted before it reached the White House tested positive for the deadly poison ricin earlier this week, law enforcement officials said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Saturday afternoon they are investigating “a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility” alongside its partners at…

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USPS: New guide, videos available to management for investigating accidents

The Postal Service has introduced two resources to help managers, supervisors and others whose jobs involve investigating workplace accidents. The USPS Accident Investigation Guide is an online publication that explains how to respond to an accident, collect data at the scene and analyze the information to prevent future accidents. Posters, checklists and an analysis template…

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USPS National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week, Oct 17 – 23

Hazards such as neglected icy surfaces or pallets placed in walkways can pose a serious threat to Postal Service™ employees. Last year, the United States Postal Service® reported that 17,534 Postal Service employees were victims of a slip, trip, or fall. To bring awareness to this issue, USPS® is sponsoring National Slip, Trip and Fall…

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USPS: Order pandemic supplies now for peak delivery season

The Postal Service wants to ensure facilities have sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment and other coronavirus pandemic-related material as the organization gears up for the peak delivery season in the fall. In a memo last week, USPS encouraged facility managers to use August and September to build their inventories for the end of the…

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USPS OIG Report: Workers’ Compensation Program Cost Containment Activities

Objective The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program provides coverage for and assistance to about 2.6 million federal civilian and Postal Service employees who have sustained work-related injuries or disease by providing appropriate monetary and medical benefits and assistance in returning to work. The modern FECA program was created in 1916 with the overall intention…

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USPS: How to avoid heat-related illnesses

If you or a co-worker were experiencing a heat-related illness, would you recognize the symptoms? The Postal Service is reminding employees that two of the most common illnesses are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms include cool, moist skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; light headedness; weakness; thirst; irritability; and a…

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Judge to determine if mail carriers were disciplined for reporting injuries

An administrative law judge must determine whether the testimony provided by two mail carriers who claim they were disciplined for reporting workplace injuries is credible. In Secretary of Labor v. U.S. Postal Service, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission on Tuesday reversed and remanded a decision to vacate a citation levied against the U.S….

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USPS: New resource helps ensure compliance with face coverings policy

The Postal Service has a new resource to help ensure compliance with its face covering policy in states and cities across the nation. USPS requires all employees to wear face coverings when there is a state or local face covering order or directive in place or when an employee — including those who do not…

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