USPS rolls out Safety and Health Management Tool on October 1

The Postal Service will roll out the Safety and Health Management Tool on Oct. 1. The tool, also known as SHMT, will replace the Employee Health and Safety (EHS) accident reporting process and the functionality of the old Safety Toolkit. The SHMT will help nonbargaining staff at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, and in the…

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Postal Bulletin: Proper Lifting is Not Seasonal

At the United States Postal Service®, lifting and handling injuries are a major contributor to lost workdays from injuries. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people in their working years. With the Postal Service’s increased emphasis on package delivery,…

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APWU: Updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 Subject: New OWCP bulletin FECA released a new bulletin on the updated procedures for OWCP claims related to COVID-19. The bulletin is FECA Bulletin No. 21-09 Subject: Processing FECA Claims for COVID-19 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bulletin describes new procedures claims…

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USPS: Federal Injury Compensation Training

Basic training on federal injury compensation rules and procedures is now available through the HERO platform. The self-paced tutorial was developed by the Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. The training is part of FECA Overview, a curriculum of 26 courses on rights and responsibilities under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Topics include: •…

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APWU: OWCP Claims for COVID-19 information update

From: Vance Zimmerman Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Subject: COVID-19 and OWCP Claims In 2020, the APWU sent out information on OWCP. We are sending out a copy of the letter originally sent to national officers, state, and local presidents. We are also attaching our updated OWCP write up. APWU: OWCP Claims for COVID-19 Information…

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USPS OIG Report: Payments to Injured Employees

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service is properly paying its injured employees. Postal Service employees are covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers FECA, determines injured employees’ eligibility for benefits, and pays direct compensation to claimants or…

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APWU Offers Help for COVID OWCP Claims

From the Office of President Mark Dimondstein 1300 L Street NW Washington, DC 20005 July 7, 2020 To: All National Officers, State and Local Presidents Re: COVID OWCP Guidance Sisters and Brothers: The work done by postal workers in this challenging time of pandemic has played a major role in keeping the country connected. But…

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Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease – 2019/COVID-19

A federal employee who contracts the Coronavirus Disease – 2019, known as COVID-19, while in performance of their job duties would have the full coverage of the FECA for related medical treatment and for wage loss or disability related to that condition or associated complications. However, under 20 C.F.R. § 10.303, exposure to COVID-19 alone…

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