by , on July 15, 2013

OSHAThe USPS, OSHA and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have reached a settlement in a case stemming from complaints filed in 2010 regarding violations of sage electrical work practices.

In what the APWU calls, “a landmark commitment to worker safety”, the USPS will pay millions of dollars to completely revise the electrical safety policies and procedures for its workers at all Postal Service facilities nationwide, including processing and distribution centers and post offices.

An electrical work plan coordinator will be assigned to each facility to ensure compliance with the new policies and procedures which include providing proper PPE (gloves, and “full body arc flash protection”) to all employees who work around electrical hazards; retraining employees who perform or supervise electrical work and relabeling electrical equipment with safety warnings and information.

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