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Safety and Health


Bio-Detection Systems   |   Electrical Safety Violations   |   EWP Audit Reports
OSHA Standards   |   Regional S&H Representatives   |   Threat Advisory Codes
Ventilation Filtration Systems   |   Voluntary Protection Programs
Stand Up for Safe Jobs!

 


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 Urges Locals to File OSHA Complaints Over Electrical Hazards

04/09/2010 - The APWU has sent a letter to local presidents in regard to electrical hazards related to the Postal Service's failure to comply with OSHA Subpart S Electrical Standards. The letter explains the Union's efforts to force the Postal Service to comply with these standards, and includes a complaint package that contains everything locals need to file OSHA complaints regarding these hazards. The union is urging locals whose members are exposed to these hazards to file complaints with their local OSHA offices.

APWU Web News Article 35-2008

Monday, April 28

Workers Memorial Day

04/22/2008 - On April 28 each year, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, and to renew the fight for safety-and-health protections. This year’s theme is, Good Jobs, Safe Jobs. For All.

More than three decades ago, with union backing, Congress passed legislation to establish safety and health standards to protect workers in every industry. In recent years, however, many of the safeguards have been eroded by lax enforcement. 

APWU Web News Article 08-2008

APWU, NALC Sue USPS and Inspector General Over Invasion of Medical-Records Privacy

01/22/2008 - The American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers have filed suit against the Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General for systematic and widespread intrusions into the medical records of postal employees.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Jan. 17, asserts that, beginning in 2006, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) began surreptitiously seeking and obtaining the medical records of postal workers directly from doctors and hospitals that had provided medical services to postal employees.

APWU Web News Article 112-2007

Union Action Averts Safety Hazard

12/10/2007 - An objection by the APWU to a change in postal policy regarding the use of biohazard detection equipment has averted a potentially serious safety hazard.

Management instructions issued Oct. 4, 2007, noted that the installation of biohazard detection equipment on Advanced Facer Cancellation machines had been completed, but went on to say that stamp mail could be cancelled on alternate equipment during peak cancellation periods or when volume exceeded capacity on AFCS machines.

APWU Web News Article 66-2007

Efforts to Reduce Ergonomic Injuries Showing Positive Results at Postal Service

07/13/2007 - Postal Service employees are experiencing fewer ergonomic injuries since the formation of an OSHA-organized labor/management partnership in 2003.

The joint venture between the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the APWU, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NMHU) and the USPS not only has helped to reduce the number of injuries, it has saved money.

APWU Web News Article 31-2007

Saturday, April 28

Workers Memorial Day

04/18/2007 - On April 28 each year, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, and to renew the fight for safety-and-health protections. This year’s theme is Good Jobs, Safe Jobs. It’s Time. 

With union backing, Congress passed important legislation to establish job safety and heath standards for every industry more than three decades ago. In recent years, however, many of the safeguards we fought hard for have been eroded by lax enforcement. 

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