Postal Bulletin: November is HAZMAT Awareness Month

To protect the health and safety of our employees and the general public, the Postal Service™ has developed specific procedures for safeguarding, identifying, handling, and delivering hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Since there have been several recent incidents of non-mailable HAZMAT in the mailstream, November has been designated “HAZMAT Awareness Month” to highlight these issues. Incidents, including…

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USPS: Keep the Path Clear for Holiday Cheer!

USPS News Release – October 21, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC — It’s important to practice good safety protocols all day, every day. But it’s especially important during the holiday season. There’s so much to do to get ready — with all the decorating, shopping and cooking — sometimes people lose sight of common hazards that could…

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USPS OIG: Mercury Mailability Communication and Implementation

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the internal communication and implementation of mercury mailability policy changes. The Postal Service revised its mercury mailability policies in March of 2019 as a result of mercury spills at various mail processing plants throughout the country. The Postal Service made notable changes to its Publication 52,…

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NPMHU: COVID-19 Test Kits in the Mail

USPS Issues Mandatory Stand Up Talk July 8, 2020 (pdf) Please find linked above, a copy of the above reference document from the Postal Service regarding COVID-19 test kits in the mail. According to the Postal Service, they have partnered with several manufacturers, vendors, and laboratories to ship virus and vaccine test kits to a…

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USPS: Restrictions for shipping sanitizers, wipes

The Postal Service wants employees to know there are specific shipping restrictions for hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes that contain alcohol. As result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the organization is seeing an increase in the number of customers attempting to ship hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, which are widely used to help prevent transmission…

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Postal Bulletin: November is HAZMAT Awareness Month 

The Postal Service™ is committed to protecting the health and well-being of its employees, retail partners, customers, and the mail. To that end, the Postal Service continuously evaluates procedures to ensure the safe acceptance and delivery of hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Recent incidents where nonmailable hazardous materials were inducted into the mail stream serve as a…

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USPS: Employees must follow rules on mercury

The Postal Service is reminding employees to do their part to prevent mercury from entering the mailstream. Elemental mercury is a dense, silver metallic liquid that is a designated hazardous material and is prohibited from the mail. To protect the safety of employees and customers and to avoid costly and disruptive spills, USPS requires employees…

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USPS: November is Hazmat Awareness Month

Hazardous materials. The Postal Service will observe Hazmat Awareness Month in November. In preparation for the peak mailing season, USPS employees will receive reminders on recognizing and properly handling potentially hazardous materials. Approved postal providers will also receive reminders on the proper handling of potentially hazardous materials. Employees can refer to Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted,…

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