Workplace Environment


Injury and Illness

The new Employee Health and Safety module for reporting and managing occupational accidents, injuries, and illnesses is being integrated into the Human Capital Enterprise System. The new system will provide injury case management tools to health and resource management specialists for more efficient management of caseloads. A Phase II go-live pilot of the system was enacted in mid-September 2009 at two districts. See Chapter 6 for injury and illness statistics.

Voluntary Protection Programs

The Postal Service was the first federal agency and second corporate entity to be approved into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) which recognizes facilities that have implemented the best safety programs. To date, OSHA has approved a total of 168 postal worksites for VPP participation, more than any private industry corporation, and more than all federal agencies combined. Nineteen additional facilities were recommended in 2009. On average, VPP sites post OSHA injury and illness reductions that are 50 percent better than the industry average.

Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process

The Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process (ERRP) reduces both the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders, builds labor/management teams with ergonomic skills, and cultivates partnerships to identify and control ergonomic risk. These partnerships include OSHA, NPMHU, and APWU. Since its inception in 2003, 176 plants and 9 districts have implemented ERRP, with over 155,000 employees receiving training. ERRP sites that have been involved in the process for at least 12 months experienced a 21.9 percent reduction in musculoskeletal disorders this year.