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243 Precautions

During any spill or leak incident, or when damage is detected involving harmful items, Postal Service personnel must take every precaution to protect other personnel and property from visible and invisible effects of the material involved. These procedures are to be followed:

  1. Identify harmful properties of the material (based on the markings) and determine the precautions to be taken.
  2. Provide adequate personal protection to employees who must handle the materials.
  3. Contain and transport leaking containers for disposal.
  4. Clean and decontaminate facilities and machinery.

Refer to MI EL–810–2006–3, Response to Hazardous Materials Releases, and Handbook EL–812, Hazardous Materials and Spill Response, for specific instructions.