DOL to hold virtual meeting to solicit public input on OSHA whistleblower program

For Immediate Release – September 21, 2021 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a virtual meeting Oct. 13, 2021, to solicit public comments and suggestions on key issues facing OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program. This is the eighth in a series of meetings on how the agency can improve the…

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USPS OIG Report: Accident Reporting

Objective Our objective was to review and assess the effectiveness of management’s controls over reporting accidents. Postal Service management is responsible and accountable for the prevention of accidents and responsible for controlling losses, such as ensuring quality of performance and operating within cost and budget guidelines. Management’s role is to share responsibility for the safety…

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Postal Bulletin highlights Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

Hazards such as uneven surfaces or distracted walking can pose a serious threat to Postal Service™ employees. Last year, the United States Postal Service® reported over 16,000 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 Prevention Week, a…

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Postal Bulletin: Proper Lifting is Not Seasonal

At the United States Postal Service®, lifting and handling injuries are a major contributor to lost workdays from injuries. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years. With the Postal Service’s increased emphasis on package delivery,…

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NALC: USPS revises face covering policy

July 20, 2021 On July 16, the Postal Service unilaterally issued a revised face covering policy for employees. Under the revised policy, fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear face coverings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), people are considered fully vaccinated…

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APWU objects to Unilateral Update to USPS Mask Policy

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Friday, July 16, 2021 Subject: Unilateral Update to USPS Mask Policy Deputy Postmaster General Tulino put out the attached policy. It states in the policy: “This policy update has been shared with the leadership of our national unions and other stakeholders.” There were discussions with the APWU. However, we objected…

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APWU: COLA Updates for FERS, CSRS, SS and FECA

FERS COLA After the second quarter of 2021, the third quarter for the 2022 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has increased by 4.1%. The 2022 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2021 over the 2020 third quarter average. However, if the CPI-W quarterly…

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Postal Bulletin highlights prevention of heat illnesses

Rising temperatures can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat illnesses such as heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke may occur. Symptoms range from mild and easily correctable to severe and life- threatening. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat,…

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