FRA Delays Safety Training Program Rules

Training requirements for safety-related employees have been delayed for a year by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The agency said in a notice published this week in the Federal Register that the delay was due to the need for the two associations creating model training programs to have more time to complete their task.

The groups are the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association.

The FRA is expected to use the programs that the two groups create as model guidelines.

Otherwise, all railroads and employers would need to submit individual program plans. The training programs will affect employers with more than 400,000 employee work hours annually.

The FRA said that its staff would be stretched too thin if it had to review up to 1,459 individual employer programs rather than a small number of model programs.

Railroads and employers will now have until Sept. 1, 2019, to designate safety-related employees by job category and subcategory and restrict safety-related work to those employees.

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