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USPS and OSHA Address Postal Worker Electrical Safety

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have agreed to terms of a settlement that will improve safety in all postal facilities across the country.

The settlement follows inspections at 42 Postal Service sites in 2009 and 2010 that found violations of OSHA standards on electrical work practices.  The settlement includes USPS revising its written policies and procedures on electrical work, assigning a trained electrical work plan coordinator at each facility, the required use of electrically protective gloves and full body arc flash protection for energized work, and the implementation of an electrical safe-work program at all maintenance-capable facilities.

USPS will also retrain all employees performing electrical work to comply with OSHA requirements for electrical work.  Supervisors and affected employees will also receive additional training on electrical safe-work practices.

Under the settlement, the Postal Service has agreed to pay $100,000 at signing and a suspended payment of $3 million pending full abatement of the hazards.

 

Don’t let this happen to you.

OSHA has cracked down on the United States Postal Service, and they may be heading your way.  Be prepared by ensuring your employees are properly trained in electrical safety and your facility is OSHA compliant.  This not only avoids costly fines but may also save lives.  AVO Training Institute’s NFPA 70E Electrical Safety course is designed to properly train you and your employees in electrical safety practices to meet OSHA requirements.  This program, coupled with our Arc Flash Hazard Analysis ensures that your facility and employees are both safe and OSHA compliant.

Contact us today for more information about our NFPA 70E Electrical Safety course or our Arc Flash Hazard Analysis.  We can also bring our training to you with on-site instruction.

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