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Section 8
RAILWAY SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
1.
Safety Background.
The mission of the safety department at a naval activity is to assist the Installation Commander in
ensuring all railroad operations of the activity are conducted in a safe manner to help prevent loss
of life; to reduce the number and severity of injuries, property damage; and to maintain effective
operations. This mission extends to the captive railroad fleet and commercial cars while on
station. All Installation Commanders shall ensure that personnel in charge of any phases dealing
with the railroad shall consult with the safety department before making decisions that may affect
the safety of rail operations. Each safety department shall have a person appointed on orders as a
railroad safety manager. This manager will be the railroad safety technical authority for station
railroad safety issues. Installation Commanders may assign additional personnel to railroad safety
when the risk of operating a railroad warrants additional augmentation. This risk assessment
should address factors such as the number of accidents, incidents, near misses; the type of material
being hauled; the condition of the rails; distances covered; mechanical condition of the equipment;
and frequency of use. The safety department shall have a working knowledge of day-to-day
railroad operations and provide safety guidance when needed. The safety department shall be
immediately notified when an incident, near miss or emergency occurs. The Installation
Commander shall ensure the involvement of the safety department with all aspects of the railroad
to help prevent emergencies and to detect and eliminate unsafe trends and hazards.
2.
Safety Requirements.
Installation Commanders shall develop plans to ensure safety department involvement in captive
railroad operations. These plans should be included in the local railroad operating directive
(standard operating procedure, railroad manual, activity instruction, etc.) which governs the
operation of the railroad. Installation Commanders shall ensure their plans address the following
areas as a minimum:
a. Safety Inspections. Random inspections of all railroad operations should be
conducted at least monthly. They may be conducted by safety department personnel and/or the
rail supervisor to ensure adherence to safety precepts. The safety department shall conduct
inspections at least quarterly.
b. Safety Documentation. All types of railroad inspections shall be documented and
reviewed by the safety department. All inspections must be kept on file for a minimum of five
years in accordance with OPNAVINST 5100.23 series and maintained in a central location for
review by future inspectors.
c. Safety Analyses. Installation Commanders should require analyses of these reports to
determine when trends and patterns develop with safety implications that need to be addressed by
the adoption of new safety policy.
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