Walk with care

The Postal Service wants employees to take precautions when walking in winter weather.

Snowy and icy conditions increase the likelihood of slips, trips and falls that could result in pain, injury and lost productivity. To avoid these accidents, employees should follow these tips:

• Wear proper footwear with good tread and grippers (ice cleats);

• Walk with care and take short steps;

• Take extra precautions when entering and exiting your vehicle;

• Use handrails on steps; and

• Wait for vehicles to stop completely on snow- or ice-covered roadways before crossing a street.

The Safety Blue page has more information, including Safety Depends on Me! videos on working in winter weather.

Seeing clearly

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve, leading to vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma usually first affects peripheral vision — what you can see on the side of your head when looking ahead. Later, it will affect your central vision, which is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks like reading and driving.

There are many steps you can take to help protect your eyes and lower your risk of vision loss from glaucoma:

• If you are in a high-risk group, get a comprehensive dilated-eye exam to catch glaucoma early and start treatment. Prescription eye drops can stop glaucoma from progressing. Your eye care specialist will recommend how often to return for follow-up exams.

• Even if you are not in a high-risk group, getting a comprehensive dilated-eye exam by the age of 40 can help catch glaucoma and other eye diseases early.

• Open-angle glaucoma does not have symptoms and is hereditary, so talk to your family members about their vision health to help protect your eyes — and theirs.

• Maintaining a healthy weight, controlling your blood pressure, being physically active and avoiding smoking will help you avoid vision loss from glaucoma. These healthy behaviors will also help prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Glaucoma is treated with eye drops, oral medicine, surgery or a combination of treatments to reduce pressure in the eye and prevent permanent vision loss.

Take medicine as prescribed and tell your eye care specialist about any side effects. If laser or surgical procedures are recommended to reduce the pressure in your eye, make sure to schedule regular follow-up visits to continue to monitor eye pressure.

The USPS Wellness page on LiteBlue has more information on this and other health topics.

Black belt training

The USPS Continuous Improvement team is offering Lean Six Sigma black belt training.

Registration closes Jan. 13 and applicants must have completed green belt certification to apply.

Lean Six Sigma is a business improvement methodology that uses data to reduce waste, increase revenue and streamline work processes.

The training will take place in person beginning Feb. 13.

More information about Lean Six Sigma training is available on Blue under the “Black Belt Training” tab.

Labor update

USPS and the Postal Police Officers Association have reached a tentative agreement on a 66-month contract, covering more than 360 postal police officers represented by the union.

The tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by the union membership, a process that will take several weeks.

Upon ratification, the agreement will expire at midnight on Oct. 15, 2027.