January 31, 2024
It’s never too early to think about heat safety.
The Postal Service’s mandatory Heat Illness Prevention Program (HIPP) training is now available in HERO.
The course is titled “FY24 Heat Stress Recognition and Prevention” and must be completed by Friday, March 15.
Facility managers are responsible for ensuring the course is presented to bargaining unit employees without computer access and then recorded in HERO as after-the-fact training by March 15.
“Employee safety is a top priority for the Postal Service. This course, part of our HIPP, is designed to ensure that employees are educated about all heat-related ailments,” said Leeann Theriault, employee safety and health awareness manager.
The HIPP is in effect from April 1 through Oct. 31 and is triggered any other time when National Weather Service (NWS) reports for a particular work location indicate that the outdoor heat index is expected to exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the course of a workday or work shift.
Weather reports are available from the NWS website.
To further educate employees, facility managers or their designees can order heat safety posters, vehicle stickers and badge cards from the Topeka, KS, Material Distribution Center eBuyPlus catalog.
HERO is now part of the new MyHR website. Employees can access the site by going to Blue or LiteBlue on a computer or mobile device and selecting the MyHR link.
HERO appears under “MyHR apps.”