WHY IT MATTERS

The Post Office is a dangerous place to work. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, 23 employees died (almost double from 2017) on the job and 42,749 injury claims were approved.

WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR

Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece. Management has a legal and contractual obligation to provide a safe work environment. Postal workers are standing up together to educate each other and collectively demand a safe workplace.

'If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen' - President Dimondstein

The Stand Up For Safe Jobs campaign was launched at the end of 2015 to empower postal workers to take control of our safety at work. Every year, thousand of postal workers are injured or sickened at work. Too many suffer fatalities. Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece.

How to Report Hazards, Unsafe Conditions or Practices with PS Form 1767

This form is to be used to report hazards, unsafe conditions, work practice and, in the opinion of the APWU, hostile work environments. You can use this form to report anything that you think could jeopardize your health: Dirty conditions, pests, mold, disturbed or broken building materials (tiles, insulation, etc.)

Find instructions on how to use Form 1767 to report hazards, unsafe conditions or practices here.

Latest News

Latest news from the Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign

May 4, 2020

MVS Tell the OIG: What do you think about the new lift gates?

The USPS Office Inspector General (OIG) recently announced a solicitation for postal employee comments on the lift...

April 24, 2020

How to Celebrate Workers Memorial Day During COVID-19

Workers Memorial Day is Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The day honors those who have died fighting for safer workplaces and...

April 16, 2020

Mourning Postal Workers Lost in COVID-19 Pandemic

“The APWU extends our deepest sympathies to the families of our members who have lost loved ones during this terrible...

April 11, 2020

Safe removal of disposable gloves

After using disposable safety gloves, it is important to know how to remove them properly and safely.

Your Legal Rights

Know Your Contractual and Legal Rights

Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 14: Safety and Health:
“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”

POSTAL HANDBOOK EL 814: Postal Employees Guide to Safety:
“The Postal Service is committed to providing its employees and customers with a safe and healthy environment and complying with applicable safety laws and regulations.”

POSTAL HANDBOOK EL 801:Supervisors Safety Handbook:
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards and to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Employers’ responsibilities also include providing training, medical examinations, and record keeping.

EMPLOYEE & LABOR RELATIONS MANUAL (ELM) – CHAPTER 8 Safety, Health, and Environment:
“The safety philosophy of the Postal Service is stated below:
a. Any occupational injury or illness can be prevented. This goal is realistic, not theoretical. Supervisors and managers have primary responsibility for the wellbeing of employees and must fully accept this principle.”

The Mission of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
OSHA’s mission is to “Assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions.”

HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE:

Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece.

Management has a legal and contractual obligation to provide a safe work environment.

Download a PDF version of this and other fact sheets from the resources section.

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