March 16, 2003

HEALTH & SAFETY
S.A.R.S. AND POSTAL WORKERS

(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

Employees must be aware of the recent outbreak SARS in the city and around the world. The information on this illness is still preliminary at best.

Canada Post has cut off delivery of mail to locations that have been quarantined and other locations that have had possible exposures. Employees should not attempt delivery to locations that have been quarantined. Employees who deliver to a location and the employees are wearing some form of surgical masks, like a doctor’s office, should consider not delivering if this procedure is new and not a common practice.

The employer is responsible to maintain the list of locations that do not receive delivery and the cases should be marked appropriately and the MSC’s should be informed.

Should you encounter such a situation in the course of your delivery or retail duties, you should report it to your supervisor and the CUPW Health & Safety Representative in your location.

The current information indicates this illness cannot be transmitted by mail or other inanimate objects, there must be relatively close human contact.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
President
Scarborough Local