Safe Mail Handling - General Tips
- Never accept mail or package deliveries from unknown persons who cannot provide proper identification and proof of employment by a delivery organization.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (for at least 30 seconds) after handling the mail.
- Be alert and report any mail and packages left unattended.
Suspicious Mail "Red Flags"
- Excessive postage, using postage stamps as opposed to meter indicia
- Address is poorly typed or handwritten, has misspellings
- Oily stains, crystallization on wrapper or strange odors
- No return address
- Exceptionally large, lopsided, rigid, bulky or discolored
- Sloshing sounds or indication of containing liquid
- Evidence of electrical wire or tin foil
- Excessive wrapping materials, such as masking tape, strapping tape, or string
What to Do…
- Do not smell, touch, or move the substance, letter, or package.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.
- Notify your manager and advise coworkers to stay away from your work area.
- Call Public Safety at x3636.
- Turn off any circulating fans, air conditioners, or heaters (if applicable).
- Ensure that all persons who have touched the substance wash their hands with soap and water.
- List all persons who have touched the substance, letter, or package.
For additional information and updates, please contact Mail Services at (202) 885-2575 or visit the United States Postal Service web site at https://about.usps.com/publications/pub166/pub166_tech_015.htm