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 has authorized the mailing of COVID 19 test kits

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Friday, May 8, 2020 4:36 PM To: APWU National Officers Subject: COVID 19 Test Kits All, Please be aware that the postal service has authorized the mailing of COVID 19 test kits. Attached are stand up talks and other documents. The following is from the USPS: These return kits have…

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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: 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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USPS improves Cremated Remains shipping process

The Postal Service is improving the process for customers who ship cremated remains through the mail. The changes aim to make it easier for employees and customers alike to track cremated remains as they move through the USPS network. The changes also will ensure the process remains safe and deliveries are timely. Under the improved…

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USPS offers reminder on mailing lighters

The Postal Service wants employees and customers to remember that cigarette and utility lighters must be authorized to enter the mailstream via surface transportation, such as USPS Retail Ground or Parcel Select. Cigarette and utility lighters are prohibited from air transportation — such as Priority Mail, First-Class Mail and First-Class Package Service — and from…

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