Pose for elfies

The Postal Service is collecting stories and photos of employees who do whatever it takes to get the job done throughout the holidays.

As part of the Postal Proud initiative, the organization shines a light on employees who go the extra mile for customers during this year’s peak delivery season.

From Oct. 1-Dec. 31, Peek into Peak is featuring employees who answer the question: “How does your job make you feel like a holiday elf?” The themed question celebrates Holiday Elves stamps that were recently released by USPS.

Employees are asked to submit holiday-themed group photos with festive locations or backdrops. The photos should be in a horizontal orientation (hold the camera sideways when taking the picture) and include a brief description of the location and the people in the picture.

These photos will be published through Peek into Peak, a #PostalProud communication initiative — which is celebrating its fifth year and showcases employee contributions.

To participate, email a photo of an employee or group of employees and a description of why he, she or they are deserving of recognition to PostalProud@usps.gov. You can also describe your efforts and include a photo of yourself.

Submissions could be published on the Peak into Peak pages on Blue and LiteBlue, as well as through other communication channels.

Peek into Peak is part of the organization’s broader efforts to empower and engage employees and deliver world-class customer experiences.

Share your feedback at uspslink@usps.gov. Your comments could be included in the “Mailbag” column.

Disability employment awareness

As it does each October, the Postal Service is observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to recognize and honor the contributions of workers with disabilities of all kinds.

The Department of Labor has chosen “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” as the theme for the month.

“People with disabilities make up a wonderfully multifaceted group,” said Taryn M. Williams, the Labor Department’s assistant secretary for disability employment policy.

“By recognizing the full complexion of our community, we can ensure our efforts to achieve disability inclusion are, in fact, truly inclusive.”

The Postal Service offers a National Disability Employment Awareness Month online resource kit that includes information about policy, links to educational sites and an exploration of disability representation in stamps.

USPS also encourages employees with a physical or mental disability to fill out PS Form 2489, Self-Identification of a Physical or Mental Disability.  The form allows you to identify as having a reportable disability or to update a disability already on file, including a disability that you didn’t have when you were hired.

The decision to complete the form is voluntary, but by doing so, you assist USPS in ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity in the workplace. The information you provide will be used only to prepare aggregate statistics and not for any purpose that will affect you individually.

The Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website has more information about the 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign.

Cold facts

USPS is reminding postal facilities to properly manage equipment containing refrigerants, in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Refrigerant-containing equipment includes chillers, air conditioners, fire suppression systems, drinking fountains, refrigerators and freezers.

Never vent or otherwise release refrigerants into the atmosphere.

Refrigerants, refrigerant-containing equipment and cylinders must be disposed of properly.

Other refrigerant management requirements include:

• Maintaining required documentation

• Investigating refrigerant leaks and repairing leaking equipment

• Managing refrigerant storage cylinders properly

• Completing required training

• Obtaining Environmental Protection Agency technician certification

Training, handling, record-keeping and disposal requirements apply to both postal employees and contractors performing maintenance on USPS equipment that contains refrigerants.

The Environmental Affairs and Corporate Sustainability Blue page has additional information.