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About Safety and Health

The Industrial Relations Director is charged with responsibility for the health and safety of all divisions of the Union. Article 14 of the National Agreement requires management to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees covered by the agreement. To achieve this end, the contract provides for the establishment of joint safety and health committees at various levels throughout the Postal Service.

National-level Labor-Management Safety Committees

At the Headquarters level, there is a Joint Labor-Management Safety Committee and a Joint Labor-Management Ergonomics Committee.

Problems in the field should be directed to the APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives.

The APWU is responsible for working to ensure that USPS management implements safety programs and policies that will protect workers; reviews new equipment for ergonomics and safety factors; keeps track of the latest developments that affect postal workers' health and safety--including new studies, regulations and standards; works to pass beneficial legislation in Congress and to stop harmful bills; and provides education and information to APWU members and locals.

Under Article 14 of the National Agreement, it is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force. The Union will cooperate with and assist management to live up to this responsibility.

Vance Zimmerman, Director of Industrial Relations, is responsible for safety and health for all divisions of the union.

Local Safety Committees

The collective bargaining agreement also provide for a Joint Labor-Management Safety and Health Committee at each postal installation having 50 or more employees. In installations having fewer than 50 employees, installation heads are encouraged to establish similar committees when requested by the Union. Where no safety and health committee exists, safety and health items may be placed on the agenda and discussed at labor-management meetings.


External Links

Below are some useful safety and health links. Note: the APWU is not responsible for the content of these sites.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Academy of Sciences

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Library of Medicine

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Safety and Health Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

United States Postal Service (USPS)

World Health Organization

 

News: Safety and Health

APWU Web News Article 29-2019

How to Participate in Workers Memorial Day

04/26/2019 - Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace.

Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today exists because union workers fought together to win them, the most notable being the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed. Since the law was passed, significantly fewer workers have been killed on the job each year; however, there is still a long way to go. Right now, the federal government is reversing safety regulations and slashing resources for safety enforcement.

APWU Web News Article 23-2019

Get Ready for Workers Memorial Day

04/05/2019 -  

Each year on April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day. It’s a day when working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. This year we are standing united against ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections. Click here to order Workers Memorial Day material for your local or state organization and Stand Up for Safe Jobs!

 

Stand Up for Safe Jobs

Your Rights after an OSHA Inspection

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Any employee has the right to file a complaint with OSHA about hazards and unsafe working conditions at the Post Office. If you file a complaint be sure to inform your local union. There are very specific procedures and timelines that must be followed during the inspection and post-inspection periods. Your local will have the ability to help see that the process is followed as it meant to be.

If a complaint was filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and they come and do an inspection in your office, your local union has rights!

APWU Web News Article 103-2018

Update on Explosive Devices in Mail

10/26/2018 - Federal authorities announced that an arrest was made in connection with the explosive devices being sent through the mail. However, an arrest does not mean the danger is over. There is still a possibility that additional pieces remain in the mail stream. APWU leadership again reminds you to be vigilant and continue to be on the lookout for any suspicious devices. Alert and observant postal employees have already helped to intercept some of the devices in the mail stream...

The Postal Service recently released an additional Stand-up Talk in regards to both the arrest and suspicious packages.

APWU Web News Article 101-2018

Urgent Safety Alert

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...

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.

Stand Up for Safe Jobs

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”

This is how Article 14 of our Collective Bargaining agreement with the Postal Service begins. That one sentence is very powerful and tells all of us that the highest-ranking postal manager – the Postmaster General – recognizes that ultimately it is their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

You may hear supervisors and managers say that safety is “everyone’s responsibility” or that every accident is “preventable.” But how often do you hear that safety is every worker’s right?

APWU Web News Article 39-2018

Stand Up for Safe Jobs on Workers Memorial Day

04/23/2018 -

Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. 

The Post Office is a dangerous place to work. In Fiscal Year 2017 alone, 12 postal employees died on the job and 42,594 injury claims were approved. 

This Workers Memorial Day, we call for an end to the unnecessary injuries and deaths of our brothers and sisters. We push for action by – and increased protections for – all workers. Report safety hazards in the workplace and let’s hold management accountable to fix them. 

APWU Web News Article 34-2018

EEOC Decision is Final:

National Reassessment Program Discriminated Against Injured Workers

03/28/2018 - The time is now for all current and former permanent-rehabilitation and limited-duty postal employees who were subjected to the USPS National Reassessment Process (NRP) between May 5, 2006 and July 1, 2011 to file a timely claim with the Postal Service to seek monetary damages and other relief. The Postal Service has exhausted all of its administrative appeals in the class action discrimination complaint, McConnell v. USPS.

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