Posts Tagged ‘Class II railroads’

FRA Completes Risk Reduction Program Rule

February 19, 2020

The Federal Railroad Administration has completed writing a rule that requires Class 1 railroads to create a risk reduction program.

Each carrier must create a program that will be reviewed by the FRA and which identifies and analyzes hazards and their associated risks.

The risk reduction program must also develop and implement plans to eliminate or mitigate those risks.

The FRA said in a news release that the risk reduction programs are to be designed to improve operational safety and complement a railroad’s adherence to all other applicable FRA regulations.

The programs must be tailored for each railroad’s individual operations and reflect the substantive facts on any hazards associated with each railroads’ operations.

Class II and III freight railroads that have an inadequate safety record must also create a risk reduction plan and submit it to the FRA for approval.

The FRA said railroads must involve employees in implementation of the risk reduction plan, including during the process of identification of risks and hazards.

Risk reduction plans are mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Training Program Set for Smaller Railroads

April 10, 2018

A hazardous materials training program for Class II and Class III railroads is being offered by the Short Line Safety Institute.

The program will provide hazmat training at no cost to the railroads paid in part by a $500,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The training sessions will be based on the experience of hazmat experts from Class I railroads, short lines, and rail hazmat transportation subject matter experts.

In a news release, the Safety Institute said that training programs will be flexible and able to meet the needs of any railroad regardless of size.

Training materials can be presented directly to a single railroad, a group of railroads or as a drill or exercise.

Most training exercises will take a train-the-trainer format with the training designed to supplement existing railroad training programs by hazmat employees.

“The hazardous materials instructor training program complements the training currently being offered by a railroad to their employees,” said Tom Murta, the institute’s executive director. “Through this program, SLSI will provide the resources necessary to ensure railroad employees understand the requirements for transporting hazardous materials. We are offering a meaningful solution to an industry challenge.”