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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USPS: Package increase leads to more leaks

The Postal Service is considering rule changes to better protect mail from leaks and spills stemming from rising package volumes.There were 549 reported incidents involving spills or leaks in the mail from broken containers inside packages during the previous fiscal year, up 28 percent from one year earlier. Many spills involve leaks of common household…

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USPS: Postal Inspection Service offering HAZMAT training

The Postal Inspection Service is offering three new training courses to help employees who accept and handle hazardous materials. The first course, Advanced HAZMAT Training, is now available in the Learning Management System. The course number is 10026976. The course provides instruction on: navigating Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted and Perishable Mail; classification of hazardous materials;…

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USPS: Know the restrictions – Tobacco prohibited in international mailings

The Postal Service reminds employees that cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products are prohibited in both inbound and outbound international mail. The prohibition overrides any statements about tobacco products in the International Mail Manual’s individual country listings. In addition, exceptions for mailing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco described in Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, apply…

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