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COMMITTEE CROSSING

Safety & Training Committee members shared ideas and discussed strategies at their meeting at the 2016 CONNECTIONS Convention.

SAFETY AND TRAINING COMMITTEE
BY J.R. GELNAR

T

he Safety and Training Committee represents the wide variety of
railroad and associate ASLRRA
members, from railroad holding companies
to small independent railroads; from large
international companies to small local
companies. The committee was established
to assist members in safety and regulatory
compliance and to provide expert guidance
and assistance to the membership and
ASLRRA staff regarding rule development
by regulatory agencies such as the Federal
Railroad Administration (FRA), OSHA,
the EPA and others.
An often unseen but extremely necessary
function of the committee is to provide
expert guidance to ASLRRA regarding
regulatory rule-making. These rulemakings are often conducted through
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee
(RSAC) meetings, which are always
held in Washington, D.C. RSACs have
representation from the FRA, suppliers,
labor, Class I's and associations. At any
given time, numerous RSACs are open.
Four are now in progress: Hazmat, Track
Safety Standards, Rail Integrity and
Remote Control Locomotives. Each RSAC
may meet multiple times during the year.
Various Safety and Training Committee
members attend these meetings to provide

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expertise, guidance and, in some instances,
testimony. The ability to include a
member's unique operational experiences
regarding a proposed rule adds a personal
connection, enhancing a regulator's
understanding in a way that an ASLRRA
staffer is never going to accomplish. There
is no doubt the committee's involvement
in the RSAC process has reduced the
burden of both present and future
regulations on all ASLRRA members.
Even in the committee's infancy, members considered information sharing and
networking vital and necessary. Members
large or small can benefit from each other
while working toward increasing safety
compliance and improving safety culture.
Members share information through
the monthly Safety Call hosted by
committee Vice Chairman Mitch
Harris. The call is held on the third
Tuesday of every month and is open to
any ASLRRA member. Members share
information regarding recent incidents,
rules, best practices and interpretations
of regulations.
Template Program Updates
One of the primary functions of the
committee is the development of template
programs, which assist members in com-

pliance. Recently, the committee reviewed
and updated all of the template programs.
Over the course of approximately two
years, committee members volunteered
many hours and attended multiple meetings, and various committee members
allowed their own programs to be made
available to all ASLRRA members.
A Bridge Management Program, initially
provided by a committee member and
modified by FRA and ASLRRA, has been
added to the ASLRRA library.
In the near future, a contractor safety
program, which was developed by committee members, will be available through the
ASLRRA website. The success of these programs has been recognized numerous times
by FRA during rule-making processes.
Templates developed by the Safety and
Training Committee can be found on
ASLRRA's website, www.ASLRRA.org, on the
Member Resources page under Compliance
Templates. Members must log in to access
the templates.
What's Next?
The committee is working with FRA to
revise the Roadway Worker program and
the Drug and Alcohol program to ensure
compliance with the revised regulations.
A field vision testing form and procedures


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