ELM Revision: Drivers’ Phone Use Policy

Effective February 14, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 831.332, to include the policy that Postal Service employees must not use a cell phone while driving on duty.

Adding the cell phone policy to the ELM will put the manual in line with the policy in section 3-5.4, Motor Vehicle Safety Rules, in Handbook EL-801, Supervisor’s Safety Handbook.

Although the Postal Service will publish this revision in the ELM at a later date, the standards are effective immediately.

Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM)

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8 Safety, Health, and Environment

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830 Motor Vehicle and Industrial Safety

831 Motor Vehicle Safety

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831.3 Driver Selection, Training, and Supervision

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831.33 Driver Supervision

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831.332 Drivers’ Responsibilities

[Revise the text in 831.332 to read as follows:]

Drivers must:

a. Drive safely and defensively.

b. Practice personal safety.

c. Obey all state and local traffic laws and Postal Service driving policies.

d. Extend courtesy in all situations.

e. Not use a cell phone while driving. Drivers must pull off the road to a safe location before using the phone.

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The Postal Service will incorporate this revision into the next edition of the online ELM, which is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website:

n Go to blue.usps.gov.

n In the left-hand column under “Essential Links,” click PolicyNet.

n Go to the right-hand side under “Published Forms and Directives.”

n Click Manuals.

The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet website is blue.usps.gov/cpim.