U.S. Postal Workers: Avoiding Unsafe Practices on the Job
If you’re a new employee of the United States Postal Service, you are no doubt excited about your job. You want to do your best, not only because your supervisor will be watching you closely, but because you certainly don’t want to put to waste all the hard work and effort you did in order to ace your postal exam 473e. It takes a lot of effort to become a USPS postal employee and it is your responsibility not to mess up.
However, in your quest to become the best postal worker in your league, you want to be sure that you always perform your duties within the framework of safety. All postal employees are encouraged to always observe the policies of safety set forth by the USPS but in your quest do your job quickly, you might forget these.
Unsafe practices in the workplace can only put you and your fellow workers in danger and cut short an otherwise promising postal career. How can you avoid these hazardous practices then?
First of all, you should make sure that you read a safety code manual or any similar literature that the USPS will give to you. This contains everything you need to know about your job and the issues that you need to consider. More importantly, it will give you guidelines on the safety precautions you need to observe to get the job done quickly. Be sure to ask your supervisor if anything is not clear.
Next, practice proper body mechanics when lifting and carrying packages. As a postal worker, majority of your duties will involve lifting and carrying letters and parcels that can be quite heavy. Make sure that you bend your knees but keep your spine straight when lifting. Tighten your stomach muscles and help lift the object using your leg muscles which have more muscle than your arms. Keep your elbows close to your body. If something is really too heavy for you to lift, ask for help.
Third, always be alert when driving a postal vehicle. It is unsafe to drive any automobile if you know that you’ve had too much to drink or are not in the condition to drive. The same applies to your job as a letter carrier. If you are also taking medication that will potentially impair your ability to drive, be sure to ask your doctor first about the effects.
Finally, don’t take your job too seriously. Emotional stress can make (and have made) the USPS workplace an unsafe place for all postal workers. Employees who do not know how to relax or can’t handle their jobs can take out their anger on fellow workers. You don’t want to “go postal” yourself so you should take the time to chill out and rest. If there are problems at work, leave them at work. In the same manner, don’t take your problems at home to the workplace. Spend time with friends and family as much as you can and have a trusted confidante that you can share your troubles to.