Postal Bulletin highlights Heat Illness Prevention

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 life-threatening. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited…

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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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USPS Requirement to Review and Post OSHA Form 300A Summary for CY 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all Postal Service™ installation and establishment heads to complete and post the OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, for calendar year (CY) 2020, in accordance with 29 CFR 1904, and the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), part 821, Actions in the Event of…

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USPS OIG Report: Workers’ Compensation Program Cost Containment Activities

Objective The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program provides coverage for and assistance to about 2.6 million federal civilian and Postal Service employees who have sustained work-related injuries or disease by providing appropriate monetary and medical benefits and assistance in returning to work. The modern FECA program was created in 1916 with the overall intention…

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USPS: Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls on the Job

The Postal Service is launching an awareness campaign to help employees learn to avoid slips, trips and falls on the job. According to the most recent data available, more than 18,600 employees were victims of these accidents during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2018. Most slips, trips and falls involved letter carriers, and…

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NJ doctor, 3 others charged in $10M kickback scheme to prescribe pain creams to USPS workers

By Jeff Goldman – July 16, 2019 A New Jersey doctor, the owner of a pharmacy and two of their associates have been charged in a $10 million fraud scheme involving kickbacks for medically-unnecessary pain cream prescriptions provided to postal workers, officials said. Dr. Mark Filippone, 71, of Wallington, Joseph Miller, 33, of Fort Lee,…

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APWU: Workers Memorial Day is April 28

04/05/2019 – Each year on April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day. It’s a day when working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. On this day in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective and the…

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USPS: National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 9-15

The number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 — more than 200 higher than the year before, USPS announced April 6. “Even good dogs have bad days,” Safety Manager Linda DeCarlo told reporters in Los Angeles, where 80 employees were attacked in 2016 — more than any other city. DeCarlo…

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