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THE RIGHT TRACK

SHORT LINE SAFETY INSTITUTE
PILOT PROGRAM SUCCESSES

T

he Short Line Safety Institute
(SLSI) wrapped up its pilot phase in
July and began ongoing operations
to provide educational, training and other
initiatives concerning safety culture.
"The pilot phase of the program represented significant work on the part of
Volpe, the Federal Railroad Administration
(FRA) and ASLRRA. I'm pleased that we
now have a road-tested, comprehensive program for evaluating and offering guidance
to short lines on safety culture," said Ron
Hynes, executive director of SLSI.
Assessment Findings
To date, the assessments have yielded
concerns that the Institute will strive
to address.
* At some railroads, "safety first" is
stated as the mission, but emphasis is
weaker at the day-to-day operations
level. Leadership, the very top of the
management chain, must put safety
first in deeds as well as words and, as
often as possible, be physically present,
providing leadership for safety activities, such as safety committee meetings.
Encouraging middle managers to be
out in the field can also help emphasize
"safety first" in practice.
* Because it is evident that management is
key in providing a strong safety culture,
supervisors should be out in the field
in order to conduct meaningful crew
observations, using this as an opportunity
to interact with employees and to offer
instructions and foster buy-in.
* Companies should regularly review their
operational plans and expectations of
various departments and tie them into
their safety program.
Mike Long, Senior Safety and Operations Manager, noted that many of the
recurring themes have been very positive.

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* Top leadership believes in and is
striving for a positive safety culture. In
many cases, they are looking for fresh
ideas or training to assist high-level
performance across the organization.
* Companies are seeking ways to
recognize and reward the desired
safety-focused behavior through
positive, not punitive recognition
that builds trust among employees
and management.
* Most railroad employees report that
their peers look out for them.
The "do-betters" and the "done-wells"
will be incorporated into training and education programs this fall, including training
at the ASLRRA fall regional meetings.

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Railroad Management Applauds the
Assessment Process
One of the most important aspects of the
success of the assessment program is the
confidentiality and nonpunitive nature of
the on-site review. The results of the assessment are only provided to the management
team and are coded so the railroad cannot
be readily identified.
"The railroads that we've worked closely
with to date are genuinely interested in
our feedback, take a very open-minded
approach toward the evaluation and are
seeking areas for improvement," said Long.
More information on the Short Line
Safety Institute and its work can be found
at www.shortlinesafety.org. —

Does Your Railroad Exhibit These
Best Practice Behaviors?
Check where your team is meeting SLSI expectations or where there are
opportunities for improvement. The goal is that from top to bottom, all
short line employees are committed to sending everyone home safely
every day.
Top management visibly supports safety by participating in safety
briefings; hosting sessions with staff on safety focus areas; and consistently making safety-focused business decisions.
Training is accessible and continuous. Continuous training in a variety
of formats should be the standard to accommodate changes in regulations, staff and business needs.
Employees are encouraged to act. Employees are proactive to prevent
safety incidents, from implementing reporting structures to initiating
personal safety reminders. All employees are empowered to self-manage
and step in.
No safety shortcuts are allowed. Despite the daily challenges of operations, safety trumps dollars and cents under pressure.
Visit www.shortlinesafety.org for the latest in safety training tools and
educational opportunities.


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