USPS Handbook EL-505 name changed from Injury Compensation to “Workers’ Compensation”

Effective June 30, 2022, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-505, Injury Compensation, to change its name to “Workers’ Compensation” and to update standards in various chapters. Revisions will also include deleting Chapter 2 and the Index. Handbook EL-505 is being revised to reflect changes and updates to applicable U.S. Postal Service® regulations, policies, and…

 Continue reading

USPS Releases Dog Attack National Rankings, National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 5

WASHINGTON — More than 5,400 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2021. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the public. To highlight the enormity of this serious issue, the U.S. Postal Service is providing information on the do’s…

 Continue reading

APWU: OWCP Regional Resource Assistants for Human Relations Department

From: Liz Powell <epowell@apwu.org> Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2022 Subject: OWCP Regional Resource Assistant Local/State Presidents, APWU Family As per our discussion on Monday’s call, if there is anyone in your local/state who is knowledgeable and actively involved in OWCP matters, that you would like to recommend to serve as a Regional Resource Assistant(s), please…

 Continue reading

OWCP representation for NALC members

March 2022 “One of the benefits of NALC membership is access to a highly experienced specialist who can advise injured workers on their claims at no expense to the member. While injured workers are not required to have a representative to file or process their claim, they do have the option to request a representative…

 Continue reading

Postal Bulletin: Prevent Heat Illnesses. Know the Signs and Act.

Rising temperatures can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat illnesses such as heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke may occur. Symptoms range from mild and easily correctable to severe and potentially life-threatening. The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) implemented the…

 Continue reading

Postal Bulletin: February is Ergonomics Awareness Month

Ergonomic-related injuries, or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), make up approximately 30 percent of all recordable industrial accidents reported by Postal Service™ employees. MSDs are illnesses or injuries that affect one or more parts of the musculoskeletal system, which is the soft tissue and bone structure of the body. These injuries primarily involve the muscles, tendons, and…

 Continue reading

Chief Postal Inspector discusses crime, offers tips

October 25, 2021 Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale has a message for Postal Service employees: Be careful out there. “To say the last year and a half has been challenging is an understatement,” Barksdale said, citing statistics that show violent crime has surged during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, FBI data show murders are…

 Continue reading

USPS OIG Report: Accident Reporting

Objective Our objective was to review and assess the effectiveness of management’s controls over reporting accidents. Postal Service management is responsible and accountable for the prevention of accidents and responsible for controlling losses, such as ensuring quality of performance and operating within cost and budget guidelines. Management’s role is to share responsibility for the safety…

 Continue reading