OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards…

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USPS: Zero Tolerance Policy

The Postal Service is committed to cultivating a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, intimidation, bullying and violence for all employees. To help fulfill this commitment, a Threat Assessment Team is available at all USPS locations — including area, district offices and Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC — to respond to…

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ELM Revision: Drivers’ Phone Use Policy

Effective February 14, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 831.332, to include the policy that Postal Service employees must not use a cell phone while driving on duty. Adding the cell phone policy to the ELM will put the manual in line with the policy in section…

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OSHA Makes Surprise Inspection at New Castle, PA Postal Facility

At the New Castle, PA postal facility, the floor scrubbing machines have been broken for months. The asbestos-containing floor tiles have not been safely and properly maintained. After several verbal complaints and a  PS Form 1767 were ignored by Postmaster Brian Mercer, employees got fed up working in filth and called OSHA resulting in OSHA making…

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USPS OIG: Northeast Area Site Security Review

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service established and implemented effective environmental and physical security controls according to Postal Service policy at the [redacted] Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). The Postal Service has the mail processing resources, information technology (IT) network, and transportation infrastructure to deliver mail to every residential and…

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APWU Representatives Meet to Discuss Safety Issues

02/01/2019 – APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives, Regional Coordinators, and National Officers responsible for the flow of workplace safety programs recently met over two days at headquarters, where they discussed APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign and prepared to go into the field to present training on the campaign, and safety in general….

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U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Mailpiece Incident Reporting Tool

The Security Group of the United States Postal Inspection Service® (USPIS®) is dedicated to promoting a safe environment for employees and customers while meeting established safety and security procedures. As part of the Security Group, the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Program was created to prevent prohibited and dangerous materials from entering the mailstream. The HAZMAT Program…

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USPS: Use MIRT to track hazardous material incidents

The Postal Inspection Service is reminding USPS employees about an online tool that makes it easier to track hazardous material incidents within the postal network. The Mailpiece Incident Report Tool (MIRT) is a data repository for reporting leaks and spills, as well as hazardous material incidents at Postal Service facilities. MIRT must be used to…

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