USPS OIG Report: Efficiency and Safety of Lift Gates

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of lift gates used on U.S. Postal Service cargo vans. The Postal Service owns and operates a fleet of over 227,000 vehicles. The Postal Service has 7- and 11-ton cargo vans that Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers use to transport mail between facilities and to…

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USPS: Employees urged to beware of wildfires

The Postal Service is reminding employees to be cautious of wildfires like those occurring this month in California, Oregon and Washington. Wildfires — which can happen anywhere, anytime — often are sparked by human activity or lightning strikes. They can spread quickly, particularly in areas experiencing hot weather conditions, high winds and little rain. To…

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USPS: Keeping your tech emergency-ready

To help mark National Preparedness Month in September, the Postal Service wants employees to keep their technology updated in case of an emergency. Mobile phones, computers and tablets can be lifesavers in disaster strikes, but only if they are reliable and work properly. Poor battery life and outdated operating systems can render mobile phones and…

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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 responds to Gulf Coast storm

The Postal Service is responding to Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The hurricane made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, bringing torrential rain and damaging winds to the region. To protect employees and the public, USPS has suspended mail delivery and retail operations at several…

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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: Reminder to display pandemic posters in retail units

Postal Service employees should only display USPS-approved posters in retail spaces —particularly when it comes to posters that explain the organization’s safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. USPS has created posters related to COVID-19 that address the use of face coverings and masks by customers in postal retail lobbies. These posters can easily…

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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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