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New ambassadors receive training

Chicago Safety
Bianca French and Allen Dent, mail handlers and safety ambassadors at the Cardiss Collins Processing and Distribution Center, discuss their work recently.

Postal Service employees across the nation are learning how to promote safe workplaces through the organization’s new safety ambassadors program.

Safety ambassadors are voluntary positions that help identify and abate hazards, raise awareness of safe work practices, and improve communication on safety matters.

USPS is now training the ambassadors who responded to the organization’s call for volunteers earlier this year.

“Everyone should go home safely — unhurt the way they came to work,” said Bianca French, a mail handler at the Cardiss Collins Processing and Distribution Center and one of more than 300 Chicago District employees who have already completed safety ambassador training.

District Safety Manager Spring Rankin said the program is important because it helps employees become more involved.

“The most improved result has been the communications between management and craft,” she said. “The safety ambassadors program bridges the gap and allows both to work together in unity to improve safety performance.”

The Postal Service is continuing to encourage employees to volunteer for the program.

“This is an opportunity to make a difference for you and your co-workers,” said Safety Manager Linda DeCarlo.

To volunteer, talk to your supervisor. The Safety Toolkit site has more information.

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