Although most business establishments will never receive mail that contains explosives or biologically or chemically hazardous substances, the events in recent years make it clear that no office can completely rule out the possibility of receiving mail meant to injure people and damage facilities. Therefore every business needs to keep an eye out for suspicious mail.
Here are several steps you can take to help protect yourself and your employees from hazardous mail and packages.
Common Characteristics of Dangerous Mail
- No return address
- Return address that is different state than postmark
- Handwritten address
- Incorrect title or missing name
- Labeled "Personal"
- Lopsided envelope
- Letters taped closed
- Excessive tape on packages
- Package or envelope that's heavy for its size
- Too much postage
- Stains, discoloration , odor, or crystallized substance on the outside
- Leaking powder