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  • anon

    Hello. I am trying to get in contact with a district manager for the greater Indiana district. My wife works at the post office in Columbus, Indiana 47201. She was informed by her supervisor that steel toed shoes are not allowed to be worn. My concern is in regards to the validity of shoes that can be worn by a casual employee working on the dock sorting mail who is not in the public eye. My wife prefers to wear steel toe shoes to protect her feet from the carts and bins that are pushed around from the trucks while sorting the mail. Her supervisor gave her a written safety warning which we have a copy of telling her that steel toe shoes are not allowed, because they can lead to frostbite in the winter. The supervisor has no other problem with the shoes other than they have a steel/alloy toe. My wife's shoes have the following description: Women's Timberland PRO® Powertrain Sport Alloy Toe SD+ Work Shoes Alloy Safety Toe Lightweight, asymmetrical-shaped toe cap. Meets I/75 and C/75 impact and compression ASTM F2412-11 and ASTM F2413-11 safety standards. I read from the USPS ELM ISSUE 42- Employee and Labor Relations Manual, and referencing the heading 933.812 Nonuniformed Employees "Items purchased for wear by nonuniformed employees may be of any design considered appropriate by the district manager." My question for the district manager's consideration is would you consider the wearing of these particular shoes to be appropriate, so that my wife can continue to work without worrying about having her toes hurt? Thank you for any information you can provide me in this manner. I have also contacted OSHA, and they replied that it is the company's responsibility to provide a safe work environment. There are many carts and bins in disrepair, and my wife is simply trying to protect her feet from injury. I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.

    Nov 16, 2017
  • anon

    Hello Rodney, Thank you for your comment. The OIG is an independent agency that investigates fraud, waste and abuse. Day-to-day management and employee operations are not in our jurisdiction. We recommend contacting USPS directly in regards to your concerns.

    Nov 17, 2017