In 2001, the German Postal Service instituted training courses to teach dog psychology to postmen. This was in response to figures showing that every year in Germany over 3,000 postmen are bitten by dogs, resulting in 2,255 pairs of torn trousers, 12,720 lost working days, £8 million of medical bills and 755 hospital stays.
In February 2008, Australia's postal service increased the maximum weight for mailmen and women by 15 kg (33 pounds). Until then, Australia Post had a weight limit of 90 kgs (198 pounds) for "posties" because its motorcycles had a safe working limit of 130kg (286 pounds) which was made up by 40kg (88 pounds) for letters and up to 90 kgs for mailmen and women fully dressed.
After talks with motorcycle manufacturer Honda it was agreed the bikes could safely carry a person weighing 105 kgs (231 pounds), carrying 25 kgs of mail.