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Postal Blue  
#1 Posted : Sunday, July 18, 2021 11:23:24 AM(UTC)
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Is there a specific rule stating letter carriers have to wear satchels? As long as I have a scanner and dog spray I find it much better to walk without a satchel if possible. Of course that's only if I don't have a SPR for the loop. I'm aware that when dismounting a parcel its fine to have just the dog spray so I'm not sure why it's required to walk with a satchel. It's lighter and nicer to walk without one.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, July 18, 2021 11:30:11 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Postal Blue Go to Quoted Post
Is there a specific rule stating letter carriers have to wear satchels? As long as I have a scanner and dog spray I find it much better to walk without a satchel if possible. Of course that's only if I don't have a SPR for the loop. I'm aware that when dismounting a parcel its fine to have just the dog spray so I'm not sure why it's required to walk with a satchel. It's lighter and nicer to walk without one.


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#3 Posted : Sunday, July 18, 2021 11:33:12 AM(UTC)
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M39 125.41

Carriers must use a satchel when delivering mail on foot, other than for authorized dismount deliveries. Carriers using the Double Satchel may wear it as a single or double pouch, with or without the shoulder strap(s) and waist belt, according to the needs of the carrier and the route
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colty31  
#4 Posted : Monday, July 19, 2021 7:11:45 PM(UTC)
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Where are you going to put outgoing mail? outgoing parcels? bad letters? etc etc

I've had some enjoyable short loops without a satchel but overall it is needed to do the job effectively.

And yes it is required.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:31:52 PM(UTC)
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Where are you going to put outgoing mail? outgoing parcels? bad letters? etc etc

I've had some enjoyable short loops without a satchel but overall it is needed to do the job effectively.

And yes it is required.


Yes the satchel is required. NO, it is not needed to do the job effectively. It is a safety hazard and it contributes to wear and tear on the body. It catches on door knobs, railings, bushes.... It causes bad posture by pulling the body over to one side. Ever look at a bunch of carriers limping into work all bent over and stooped to the side? There are times that satchels are useful, but that's limited. Much the same as loops should be limited as short as possible. Weight carried in the satchels needs to be limited to less than half of that bs 35 pounds as do loops that regularly require a carrier to load the satchel with more than 10-15 pounds max. It could be that the smaller satchels designed to be worn one on each side would limit some of the ergonomic issues, but you'd still have issues of the bags getting caught up and causing carriers to twist their backs, knees, etc. There's a reason that there are no old and physically whole carriers that have P&L routes. So enjoy your health now, you won't have it twenty years from now. Arthritis of the back, knees, wrists and all in your future. Curved spine, stooped posture.....
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#6 Posted : Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:30:07 AM(UTC)

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I had enough dogs to bounce off of my satchel that I would agree with the standard to carry it. The problem is the old school force of loading 35lbs into your anti dog body shield.
donaldworrell  
#7 Posted : Thursday, July 22, 2021 6:46:14 PM(UTC)
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59 years old with 28 years carrying mail. I have a park and loop route. I walk 12 miles a day. My satchel is my balance without it I do not walk as steady. You just get so use to it you live your satchel. I need to get some sleep. I am working my Friday and Saturday long weekend off days.
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