USPS hand sanitizer warning: Watch out for toxic products

The Postal Service and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning employees and customers to be on alert for hand sanitizers that may contain methanol, a dangerous, highly toxic chemical often used as an industrial solvent. The coronavirus pandemic has spurred demand for hand sanitizer products. However, the FDA recently warned the public that…

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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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APWU: New Retail Directive to District Managers and Postmasters

March 26, 2020 The pdf below includes additional directives to district managers and postmasters. Specifically dealing with retail units. It addresses social distancing, dealing with the hazmat question, increased cleaning frequencies, AND instructions to place/install “cough/sneeze” barriers to protect employees. COVID-19 Help Us Serve You – Retail Source: American Postal Workers Union

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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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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: Use MIRT to track hazardous material incidents

The Postal Inspection Service wants USPS employees to know 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…

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USPS: MIRT tracks hazardous material incidents

The Postal Inspection Service wants USPS employees to know 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…

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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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