Be on the alert and be proactive about protecting your mail and packages.
The US Postal Service recently updated their Publication 166, Guide to Mail Center Security. Below are a couple of worthy excerpts to note:
“Screen all mail and packages for suspicious items when they first arrive at your mailroom for sorting. Staff who sort mail by hand should perform the screening, as they are the ones most likely to notice a suspicious item. Unfortunately, screening procedures for incoming mail and packages are not foolproof. The person who first detects a suspicious letter or package is often not the intended recipient. ”
From United States Postal Inspection Service; Guide to Mail Center Security, Publication 166, p. 16
Engineering controls provide the best means of preventing workers from exposure to
potential hazardous aerosolized particles and potential explosive devices. To provide
protection from chemical, biological, and radiological hazards consider these tactics:
- Use an industrial vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate
air (HEPA) filter for cleaning. Don’t clean machinery with compressed air
- Install air curtains (using laminar air flow) in areas where large amounts of
mail are processed.
- Install filters in your building’s HVAC systems to capture aerosolized spores
- Use a “safe air” room for mail processing and conduct monthly swab testing of the mail handling area.
From United States Postal Inspection Service; Guide to Mail Center Security, Publication 166, p. 28
Here is a link to the entire document if interested further: http://about.usps.com/publications/pub166.pdf
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