Danger dodgers

The Postal Service recently announced four winners of the Safety Leadership and Vision Awards, which honor the people and projects that go above and beyond to create a safer workplace.

The winners are:

The driver safety instructors at the Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center, for demonstrating the organization’s safety mission during employee training;

• Nicky Wu, a carrier technician in California 1 District, for influencing and motivating colleagues to improve safety;

• Carolina Medina and Allan Almirol of the California 6 District Safety and Health Committee, for imaginative campaigns on accident prevention; and

The Riverton Post Office in New Jersey, for its creative office display on safety awareness.

“Each of this year’s honorees demonstrates the values, attitudes, goals and proficiency that make them role models for postal workplaces everywhere,” said Linda DeCarlo, the Postal Service’s occupational safety and health senior director.

The winners received recognition and a reward plaque for their efforts in fiscal year 2022.

Nominations for fiscal year 2023 are being accepted through Sept. 30.

The Safety Leadership and Vision Awards Blue page has more information about the program and submitting nominations.

USB, eh?

The Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to plug only USPS-approved devices into postal equipment.

Using USB devices that are not approved by the Postal Service puts the USPS network at risk of being hacked.

The organization is also asking employees and contractors to remind others of this policy if they see someone inserting a device into a USB or other port on postal equipment.

Employees and contractors should notify a supervisor after such an interaction.

The organization also prohibits employees and contractors from plugging personal devices into Postal Service computers — at work, at home or while traveling — for charging or for any other reason.

This includes smartphones, thumb drives, hard drives and e-cigarettes.

Plugging in a personal device is prohibited because it results in a “handshake” between the device and the computer, which could result in transferring information or installing malware, allowing hackers access to the USPS network.

Employees and contractors can purchase encrypted and approved USB flash drives through eBuy Plus.

While working remotely, all employees and contractors should use USPS-issued equipment connected to the Postal Service’s virtual private network and only connect allowable peripheral devices.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue page has more tips, while the LiteBlue page and USPSCyberSafe.com have general cybersecurity information.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot: A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.18 percent during the week ending May 12, down 0.10 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected May 17.

WestPac led the four areas with a rating of 97.34 percent, while Central ranked last with a 97.11 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Hawaii, part of WestPac Area, ranked first with a 98.16 percent rating, while Illinois 1, part of Central Area, ranked last with an 94.06 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From April 1-May 5, the Postal Service delivered 91.9 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 95.9 percent of Marketing Mail and 88.8 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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