Results are in

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Postal Service employees collected 75 million pounds of food through Stamp Out Hunger this year, the third-highest total in the drive’s history.

Combined with last year’s record haul of 80.1 million pounds, this makes the two-year total approximately 155.1 million pounds — Stamp Out Hunger’s highest-ever back-to-back collection.

The drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds since it began in 1993.

“It’s an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” said National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) President Fredric Rolando, whose organization leads the annual one-day drive.

More than 10,000 communities participated in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger, which was held May 13. The NALC announced the results this week.

Through Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers and other postal employees collect food donations for local pantries.

The drive aims to reduce hunger, which affects about 50 million people across the nation, according to the NALC.

The organization’s news release has more information.

Safety in numbers

Safety stats

Postal Service employees who feel engaged are more likely to be safer on the job, new research suggests.

Engaged employees are almost one-third less likely to be involved in a safety incident at work, while disengaged employees account for 19 percent of all USPS workplace safety incidents, according to the data from Gallup.

Here’s what you should know:

• The meaning of “engaged.” The report defines engaged employees as individuals who are involved, enthusiastic and committed to their work. Disengaged employees are physically present, but unhappy with their work situations.

• Disengagement can have consequences. Employees who feel most disengaged are 1.5 times as likely to have a safety incident at work compared to employees who feel most engaged.

• Engaged teams tend to be safer. Employees who work on the least engaged teams have 2.1 times the odds of being involved in a safety incident compared to employees who work on the most engaged teams.

The findings are based on data from Gallup, the organization that conducts the Postal Pulse employee survey.

“This research is another example of why engaging workplace environments matter,” said Employee Engagement Executive Director Kelvin Williams. “Increasing engagement is about more than increasing productivity. It’s also about creating a culture in which everyone works safely and smartly.”

Dangerous downloads

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Hackers are increasingly using malicious software to gain unauthorized access to computers, networks and systems.

Cybercriminals recently launched a global ransomware attack to extort funds from companies in more than 60 countries.

To prevent attacks, the Postal Service reminds employees to follow these guidelines:

• Keep anti-virus software updated. Employees with USPS equipment should connect to the intranet every week to receive software updates, a requirement explained in Handbook AS-805-C: Information Security Requirements for All Personnel.

• Scrutinize all emails and online sites. Think before visiting sites, clicking on links or opening email attachments. Hackers often use phishing emails, such as the recent Google Docs scam, to con users into downloading malicious software.

• Be skeptical. Beware of software companies that claim to have detected a virus on your device. Hackers often use this ploy to steal passwords and gain control of devices.

If you suspect your USPS equipment has been targeted by hackers or infected with malware, report it immediately to the CyberSecurity Operations Center at cybersafe@usps.gov.

The CyberSafe at USPS sites on Blue and Lite Blue and USPSCyberSafe.com have more information.

Season’s eatings

Wellness Food Safety

Summertime brings colorful fruits and vegetables, grilled meats — and sickness, if you’re not careful.

Knowing how to prepare, store and cook summer foods can help keep you and your family safe.

In addition to washing your fruits and veggies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends you store food properly.

For example, according to the FDA, meat and dairy products should never be allowed to remain at room temperature for more than two hours. This rule changes to one hour if the room temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The FDA also recommends cooking meat at these temperatures:

  • Beef, pork and lamb: 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a three-minute rest time
  • Ground meats: 160 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165 degrees Fahrenheit

FoodSafety.gov has additional tips for summertime.

The Wellness LiteBlue page also has information, including instructions for signing up for the Wellness E-Newsletter.