Short Line Safety Institute touts workshops, interactive training sessions

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American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
WASHINGTON — The Short Line Safety Institute is taking safety on the road this summer with a series of presentations and interactive workshops at industry trade shows and other gatherings.

The institute has presented to more than 90 participants in the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2017 Connections convention in Grapevine, Texas, and to other attendees of the Outback Railroad Association’s meeting in South Dakota.

The workshops are designed to promote a better railroad safety culture through reviewing 10 core elements of safety culture, a real time text-in safety awareness survey, and a hypothetical scenario that places railroaders in the shoes of a safety culture manager while conducting observations at a sample railroad site. The scenario includes a hazmat issue, as well as communication challenges faced by crew and management.

According to the institute, it has observed both strong and weak behaviors in its participants, allowing the audience to identify and provide solutions and feedback. Different railroads and industry groups are able to offer ideas to help improve some of the weaker aspects of the scenario. The team also highlights the importance of effective communication.

The institute’s main goal is to provide a variety of educational programs for short line and regional railroads. Their efforts include in-person interactive workshops, online webinars, ongoing safety tips, and other strategies to improve railroad safety.

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