USPS: Use MIRT to track hazardous material incidents

The Postal Inspection Service wants USPS employees to know about an online tool that makes it easier to track hazardous material incidents within the postal network. The Mailpiece Incident Report Tool (MIRT) is a data repository for reporting leaks and spills, as well as hazardous material incidents at Postal Service facilities. MIRT must be used…

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[UPDATED July 17, 2019] CDC: Summary of Oshkosh, Wisconsin Postal Facility Health Hazard Evaluation

In February 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a union request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility located at 1025 West 20th Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The union was concerned that several employees had been diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cellulitis. The…

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USPS: Safety Dashboard offers accident data

The Postal Service has introduced the Safety Dashboard, an online resource that will provide users with accurate, timely data on accidents. The Safety Dashboard offers total accident rates, accident counts by type and accident trends, including forecast projections. Users can also access detailed data by category, such as a motor vehicle tab that lists the…

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Postal Bulletin offers tips to avoid heat-related illnesses

Prevent Heat Illnesses. Know the Signs and Act. Summertime can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition, and some medicines are contributing factors to heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat-induced illnesses such…

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USPS OIG Report: Facility Conditions, Delayed Mail, and Staffing Levels in Albuquerque, NM

Objective The OIG received two congressional requests. One request came from former U.S. House of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham and another from Senator Tom Udall on September 5 and September 19, 2018, respectively. Their requests asked the OIG to assess allegations of unsafe facility conditions, delayed and unprocessed mail, and understaffing at post office (PO)…

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Richmond-area posts offices fined thousands for unsafe working conditions

RICHMOND, Va. — A CBS Problem Solvers investigation has revealed that since 2015, United States Postal Service offices in the Commonwealth have spent more than $461,000 in preventable fines to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) More than $140,000 of that total, was paid out from Richmond-metro locations. Click to see the U.S. Postal…

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Postal Bulletin highlights National Dog Bite Prevention Week

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 14–20, 2019 Sponsored by the United States Postal Service®, National Dog Bite Prevention Week* is a public service campaign that offers safety tips and emphasizes the need for increased owner responsibility in the prevention of dog attacks. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a…

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OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards…

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