Service update

The Postal Service is eliminating 41 legacy service type codes, updating several forms and replacing one label that do not work with current Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) requirements.

The changes will take effect Jan. 22.

Forty-one legacy service type codes that contain a two-digit product and service combination will be eliminated to support product simplification efforts, improve visibility and tracking, reduce fraud and encourage IMpb use.

Additionally, the organization will update the following labels and forms to be IMpb compliant:

PS Form 153, Signature Confirmation Receipt

PS Form 3800, Certified Mail Receipt

PS Form 3813, Insured Mail Receipt $500 and Under

PS Form 3813-P, Insured Mail Receipt Over $500

Label 400, USPS Tracking, will be replaced with an internal-only version called Label 888, USPS Tracking.

Label 888 will not be available for retail customers but will be available for commercial customers.

Post Offices should remove all Label 400s from retail lobbies, use Retail Systems Software to create barcodes for Label 400 customers and redirect commercial customers to their meter provider for Label 888.

Post Offices can order updated labels and forms through eBuy Plus.

For more information or questions, email Shipping and Commerce Product Management at ShippingServices@usps.gov.

Winter threats

The Postal Service wants employees to take precautions to avoid frostbite, hypothermia and other winter health hazards.

Here’s what you should know:

• Frostbite occurs when skin and the underlying tissue freeze after being exposed to extreme cold for long periods. The fingers, toes and feet are most commonly affected, but other extremities such as the nose, ears and cheeks can also develop frostbite.

• At the first sign of frostbite, get out of the cold. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t walk on frostbitten feet or toes. Don’t rub the frostbitten area because it will cause more damage.

• Warm the affected area using body heat or by immersing in warm water; avoid using a heating pad, heat lamp or the heat of a stove, fireplace or radiator for warming because direct heat can burn damaged tissue.

• Drink warm beverages to replace lost fluids. In case of severe frostbite, seek medical attention.

• Hypothermia, which occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can be produced, can be deadly if you don’t catch it in time. Signs include memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.

• If you experience symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia, call 911 immediately and notify your supervisor.

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

Three in one

Postal Service employees can learn about three wellness topics in an upcoming webinar.

The 45-minute session, “3 Short Webinars in One,” will be held Jan. 24 at noon EST.

A five-minute fitness hack, a five-minute wellness hack and the value of membership in professional organizations will be the focus of the webinar.

Ron Johnson, an American Public University System professor, will be the presenter.

Participants must register before the session on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the session, the webcast will be available for review.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Benefits and Wellness team or visit the USPS Wellness LiteBlue page.