Improving safety

Post Offices will soon receive kits that contain a supply of labels and information designed to better identify potentially hazardous items in the mail.

The kits contain the new Label 876, HAZMAT Surface Only, which is for internal use and must not be distributed to customers.

The new labels will help improve visibility into which customers are shipping ground-eligible, hazardous materials and the number of pieces originating from retail units.

Post Offices should start using the labels immediately. Post Office managers also must maintain enough labels in stock to ensure they are always available.

The kits also contain:

• Label 876 standard operating procedures.

• An updated version of Poster 298, Domestic Hazardous Materials Warning Labels and Markings.

• A letter detailing Label 876 and the updated Poster 298.

Post Offices should place the posters at retail counters and in dispatch areas visible to all employees involved in the acceptance, delivery or dispatch of mail.

Previous versions of Poster 298 should be discarded.

The kits are part of the Postal Service’s effort to improve processes for proper identification and handling of potentially hazardous items.

For additional information, email BV6DB0@usps.gov.

Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign, the federal government’s annual workplace charity drive, began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 14.

All Postal Service workers, contractors and retirees can participate.

The Combined Federal Campaign, also known as the CFC, allows individuals to contribute to thousands of charitable organizations, here and around the globe. Pledges are accepted online, on paper or via mobile app.

Since it began in 1961, the campaign has raised more than $8.5 billion for its causes.

This year’s goal for the Postal Service is $5 million. Most donations are monetary, but volunteer work can also be pledged and will count toward the USPS total.

For example, participants can pledge time to volunteer for charities helping the nation emerge from the pandemic.

The CFC online giving portal offers all the giving options. The system meets all federal security standards and reduces paper waste, although paper pledge forms will be available for those who prefer not to donate electronically.

The CFC Giving mobile app has been updated to allow full payroll deduction options.

Employees with questions can email the Postal Service’s CFC team.

Shedding light

USPS has a message for employees and contractors: Don’t simply toss away light bulbs when they are no longer usable.

Most light bulbs — including fluorescent, compact fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), light-emitting diode (LED), neon and ultraviolet lamps — contain mercury, toxic metals and other hazardous materials.

Consequently, the Postal Service considers these items universal waste that must be recycled.

Facilities must also ensure employees who manage waste bulbs are properly trained.

To recycle HID and LED bulbs, facilities must:

• Store universal waste bulbs in closed containers that are clearly labeled.

• Arrange for off-site recycling within 365 days of the original waste generation date.

• Recycle waste bulbs with Cleanlites Recycling, the organization’s national service provider.

• Use Mailback recycling containers or arrange for on-site pickup. Both options are available through Cleanlites in eBuy Plus.

Incandescent and halogen bulbs can be disposed of in the trash or dumpster since they are typically nonhazardous and don’t contain mercury or toxic metals.

The Waste Light Bulbs and Lamps Blue page has additional information.

Engaging clerk

Two sales leads from a retail associate in New York have resulted in more than $10,000 in new revenue for the Postal Service.

Karen Gorczyca, who works at the Elma Post Office, talked with representatives from two local small businesses about their mailing needs.

She then submitted leads through Clerks Care, a program that allows retail associates, call center agents, and machine and distribution clerks to pass along sales tips.

USPS sales representatives followed up with both businesses and closed one shipping deal worth $1,620 and another worth $8,541 in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service

Sales generated from Clerks Care leads are included in the USPS Every Lead Counts campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Karen likes to help her customers streamline their businesses and make them aware of the service that only the Postal Service has,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “Although the sales are not huge, every dollar counts.”

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Clerks Care and the other employee lead programs: Business Connect, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.