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USPS offers hazardous spill reminder

USPS policy requires employees to immediately notify a manager or supervisor of hazardous spills.

The Postal Service is reminding employees to follow proper procedures when reporting hazardous chemical spills that could affect the environment.

Employees are required to immediately notify a manager or supervisor if they see evidence of a hazardous material spill. Employees must never take action to contain a spill unless it’s for their protection or unless they have been trained to handle minor spills.

Managers or supervisors must take the following steps to report a hazardous spill that reaches stormwater, sanitary sewer drains, waterways, soil, groundwater or surface water:

• Report the incident to the appropriate regional manager, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, and the safety specialist.

• Notify the appropriate federal, state and local environmental agencies. Initial telephone notification and follow-up written reporting may be required.

• Submit a completed PS Form 8187, Hazardous and Regulated Substance Release Notification.

The policy ensures postal facilities remain in compliance with applicable environmental laws.

The Environmental Compliance Blue page has additional information.

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