USPS seeks feedback on proposed restrictions for shipping e-cigarettes

The Postal Service has proposed a rule change that would extend the mailing restrictions for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to include electronic cigarettes and other vaping-type products. The proposed rule change follows the recent enactment of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, a federal law that restricts the shipping of such…

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USPS: Hand sanitizer, disposable face masks available

The Postal Service has surplus quantities of hand sanitizer — widely used to prevent transmission of the coronavirus — available to ship to facilities for employees’ use. Supply Management has temporarily removed internal catalog quantity limitations and streamlined the ordering of this product. Facilities can order cases of 8-ounce Purell Gel Instant Pump or 16-ounce…

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USPS has three websites about COVID-19

The Postal Service wants to remind employees that the organization has three websites that offer information about the coronavirus pandemic. The first site, located at about.usps.com/newsroom/covid-19, provides the latest information on how the organization is continuing operations and protecting employees and customers. This site also provides: • Information on a variety of postal products and…

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What will APWU do to ensure others don’t die from COVID-19 and management’s negligence?

This evening an Electronic Technician at North Metro in Georgia died of COVID-19. This should weigh heavily on USPS’s shoulders and especially those who were directly involved and aware at Metro Georgia. An E.T. lost his life to COVID-19 that he contracted while performing his bid job duties at this plant. OSHA has fined this…

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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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Mail safety – Remember: Package, People, Plan

The Postal Service wants employees to remain vigilant about mail safety. If you encounter a suspicious mailpiece, remember the three Ps: • Package. Don’t bag it, containerize it or send it to another location. Leave it where it is and isolate the area. • People. Clear people from the area and immediately notify a supervisor….

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USPS OIG Report: Property Condition Reviews – Smithville, Leander, and Kyle Post Offices

Introduction This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of property conditions at the Smithville (owned), Leander (owned), and Kyle (leased) post offices in the Rio Grande District. This audit was designed to provide Postal Service management with timely information on potential risks related to property conditions. The Postal Service is required to maintain…

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USPS: Know how to spot COVID-19 symptoms

The Postal Service is advising employees who feel ill to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and stay home, especially if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to…

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