USPS Generator Safety

Being informed is the key. Operating and working safely is number one! Here is a safety notification from Tom Molanick, National APWU Safety & Health Representative Eastern Region/Cap Metro Region Southwest Area Business Agent; PA Postal Workers Union.

After watching the news and seeing the number of deaths from Hurricane Laura that were caused by carbon monoxide related to generator use here is some of info that you should share with the field.

Having been a member of the CAP METRO JLMSHC I recalled an incident in the Virginia Beach area where the generator was placed outside but too close to the dock doors and the fumes were drawn into the building causing illness. Fortunately, no one suffered serious injury or death. This was after a major storm,

With the Postal Service hiring BME and AMT’s off the street and accepting transfers from other crafts and that they might have not received any specific training at Norman or on the job it might to time to review that the SOP when a portable generator is sent to a small office. There should be a guideline package sent along with the generators since these generators will be dropped off, setup, and Maintenance leaves and it is up to the small office clerks to handle it. Problems can be when they would bring the generator inside at end of shift or pull the cord in. The next day the placement of the generator might not be the same where Maint. set it up.

One concern would be the Maintenance Manager handing out work orders for the day or an emergency on Tour 3 or Tour One dispatching BMEs or MPEs to the office who might not have any training outside of the Mail Processing equipment at a plant before the more knowledgeable AMTs report on daylight.

Also, if the clerks are required to refuel the generator they should be aware of the precautions needed when the engine is hot and the storage of gasoline onsite where the office probably does not have a Flammable Storage Cabinet.

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Latest COVID-19 Releases As Of: March 29, 2020

Keeping you informed of all the latest information released by both APWU National and USPS Headquarters.

Temporary Expanded Use of Voyager Card (LDC)_3.29.2020
COVID-19 SUT 16_EAP available__3.29.2020
COVID-19 SUT 17_Interacting with HCR_3.29.2020
COVID-19 SUT 18_Staying vigilant_3.29.2020
COVID-19 SUT 20_Health and well-being remain priority_3.29.2020
COVID-19 SUT 21_PO Box payment grace period_3.29.2020
Retail Standup Talk Temporarily Suspending RCE Shops__3.29.2020
DSI Guidance_3.29.2020
SUT Social Media_3.29.2020
MDC Bargaining Unit Telework_3.29.2020
Customer Retention Sites Telework_3.29.2020
Temporary Exception_Postmaster Performing Bargaining Unit Work_3.29.2020
HRSSC – signed__3.29.2020
IT-AS Expanded sick leave – signed__3.29.2020
USPS Passport Scheduler Change Implemented_3.29.2020
Retail Directive to District Managers and Postmasters_3.29.2020
AVP Letter – Retail Social Distancing_3.29.2020
Essential Service Provider Letter_3.29.2020
FMLA COVID entitlements_3.29.2020



AVP Talks Safety – Mandated Area Talk – Recognizing Suspicious Mail #3221

As many of you are already aware, some dangerous explosive devices to a number of high profile individuals and corporations. APWU HQ just posted this urgent news article online:
Urgent Safety Alert
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 101-2018

10/24/2018 – Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities.

APWU leaders condemn such criminal acts.

Our members are rightfully deeply concerned for their own well being and that of the public we serve.

In response to this urgent crisis, the Postal Service is in the process of scheduling nationwide “Stand Up” safety talks regarding procedures for recognizing suspicious packages and protocols to follow. We will share the safety talk as soon as we receive a copy.

We urge all our members to be alert and vigilant to protect your safety and well-being and that of your co-workers and the public.

The APWU leadership is in constant touch with top postal management as these disturbing events unfold. As more information comes to light we will keep you updated.

In Solidarity,

Jason Treier
APWU National Business Agent
Eastern Region – Maintenance Division

Below is the download of the safety talk for recognizing and handling suspicious mail.