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Work Clothes and Uniform Information for USPS Employees
Source: USPS ELM Work Clothes and Uniforms

930 Work Clothes and Uniforms
931 Uniforms
931.1 Entitlement and Allowances
931.11 Entitlement

Certain employees must wear prescribed uniforms in performing their duties. These employees are entitled (a) to a uniform allowance to purchase authorized uniform items or (b) to be furnished uniforms that meet Postal Service specifications.

931.12 Allowances

The annual allowance authorized each employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement is determined by the terms of that agreement. Allowances for other employees are set as a matter of policy.

931.13 Types of Clothing

The Uniform Program consists of a number of types of clothing developed for various positions dependent on (a) the level of visibility to the public, (b) the type of work normally performed, and (c) the physical environment in which the employee normally works. The current categories are:

  1. Type 1  city letter carriers, clerk/special delivery messengers, clerks performing city letter carrier duties, motor vehicle operators, tractor–trailer operators, driving instructors and examiners, letterbox mechanics, ramp clerks and transfer clerks, AMF, performing ramp clerk duties, area maintenance technician/specialists, maintenance mechanics working as letterbox mechanics (see 932.11h), passenger elevator operators, and elevator starters.
  2. Type 2  employees assigned to retail operations.
  3. Type 3  vehicle maintenance, custodial maintenance, mail handler, BMEU, and clerical employees eligible under 932.12 and 932.13.
  4. Type 4  security force police officers.
  5. Type 5  bargaining unit and nonbargaining unit medical personnel.
  6. Type 6  supervisors.

The criteria are different for each type, as well as the procedure necessary to establish or terminate an employee in each category. Installation heads must familiarize themselves with the criteria established for each type so that certifications are made under the correct program.


931.2 Purpose and Scope

931.21 Uniforms

Uniforms are provided to certain employees for the following reasons:

  1. To provide immediate visual identification with the Postal Service to the public.
  2. To project an appearance to the public that is neat, professional, and pleasing.
  3. To help develop in the employee a feeling of esprit de corps.
  4. To meet standard professional practices (doctors, nurses, etc.).

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931.22 Work Clothes

Work clothes are provided to certain employees:

  1. Who perform dirty work or work with toxic materials.
  2. When it is important that they be recognized and identified with the Postal Service, work clothes are provided for employees who work in public view.
  3. To certain full-time employees working full time in areas where work clothing is essential.

931.23 Personal Appearance

Supervisors are responsible for continually observing the uniforms of employees and taking appropriate corrective action, when necessary, to ensure employees are properly attired.

The above information is incomplete - to read the complete USPS ELM information regarding Clothes and Uniforms you must visit the USPS ELM


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