Mail and Package Handling Recommendations for University of Illinois

On May 6, 2020, the United States Postal Service (USPS) posted the following statement:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and how the virus spreads. Coronaviruses are thought to be spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets resulting from a sneeze, cough or ordinary speech. Although the virus can survive for a short period of time on some surfaces, both CDC and the United States Surgeon General have indicated that it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products or packaging.

Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, USPS recommends that customers follow the same CDC daily life guidelines that apply to running errands or shopping for groceries. These include, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol after accepting deliveries or collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox.

Based on the USPS statement and the CDC recommendations, the staff at Illini Union Document Services and Campus Mail Distribution will be adhering to the following guidelines:

Stay home if a fever or symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, develop and not returning to work until the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation have been met.

Wear a cloth face covering in public settings to help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from spreading it to others.

Limit contact by maintaining a distance greater than 6 feet away; limiting contact with frequently touched surfaces and using a foot, shoulder, elbow, hip, or forearm when opening doors, instead of hands, if possible; avoiding the sharing scanners, pens, or other tools with customers; and if machine-washable work gloves are worn, not touching eyes, nose or mouth with gloved hands, then removing gloves and washing hands before eating, and washing gloves using the warmest appropriate water setting and drying them completely.

Clean and disinfect visibly dirty surfaces, carry cleaning and disinfectant disposable wipes and a trash bag in vehicles to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces of the delivery vehicle at the start and end of the shift, including the steering wheel, gearshift, signaling levers, and door handles. Also, wipe down pens, clipboards, and signature clipboards after each use with the public if shared when performing a delivery. Wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided by the department for all employees.

Practice everyday preventive actions, including avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth, washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, and carrying tissues in vehicles to use when someone coughs, sneezes, or touches their face, followed by immediate disposal of the tissue after use.

For our campus colleagues and customers: based on the advise of the USPS and CDC, we recommend that you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol after handling incoming mail or packages.

Additional information:



Department of Labor, OSHA

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