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Post Offices to get new hazmat labels, posters

Post Offices are receiving a new version of a poster about hazardous materials, along with new hazmat labels.

Post Offices will soon receive kits that contain a supply of labels and information designed to better identify potentially hazardous items in the mail.

The kits contain the new Label 876, HAZMAT Surface Only, which is for internal use and must not be distributed to customers.

The new labels will help improve visibility into which customers are shipping ground-eligible, hazardous materials and the number of pieces originating from retail units.

Post Offices should start using the labels immediately. Post Office managers also must maintain enough labels in stock to ensure they are always available.

The kits also contain:

• Label 876 standard operating procedures.

• An updated version of Poster 298, Domestic Hazardous Materials Warning Labels and Markings.

• A letter detailing Label 876 and the updated Poster 298.

Post Offices should place the posters at retail counters and in dispatch areas visible to all employees involved in the acceptance, delivery or dispatch of mail.

Previous versions of Poster 298 should be discarded.

The kits are part of the Postal Service’s effort to improve processes for proper identification and handling of potentially hazardous items.

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