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New safety tool coming

Website launches Oct. 1

The Safety and Health Management Tool will help employees identify errors to help prevent future accidents.

The Postal Service will roll out the Safety and Health Management Tool on Oct. 1.

The tool, also known as SHMT, will replace the Employee Health and Safety (EHS) accident reporting process and the functionality of the old Safety Toolkit.

The SHMT will help nonbargaining staff at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, and in the field identify where process failures and errors have occurred, to help prevent accidents in the future.

The tool allows users to:

• Identify and eliminate hazards;

• Record accidents;

• Document inspection findings;

• Track action plans; and

• Perform root cause analysis.

The tool also will make it easier for the Postal Service to report regulatory obligations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

“The SHMT will better enable us to help keep postal employees safe and healthy on the job with easier ways for supervisors, managers and Postmasters to enter and track SHMT data,” said Linda DeCarlo, occupational health and safety director.

Employees with questions about the SHMT should contact a manager or supervisor.