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Identifying nonmailable materials

It’s everybody’s job.

All employees are responsible for identifying non-mailable hazardous materials in the mail and for removing them from the mail stream to keep mail safe.

A parcel should be handled as if it contains the contents on the markings or label. USPS employees may not remove, cross out, or obliterate markings or labels on a mailpiece, even if directed to do so by a mailer.

Each facility is required to establish at least one hazardous material (HAZMAT) staging area to provide a safe location to stage hazardous materials separate from regular mail.

Any mailpiece exhibiting characteristics of suspicious mail or leaking an unknown substance should be handled according to suspicious mail protocols (Publication 167B Response Checklist for Suspicious Mail and Unknown Powders or Substances) and by contacting the Inspection Service (1-877-876-2455).

Never allow employees to handle suspicious material.

That’s smart safety.

For additional information or guidance, contact your Safety Office.