(1) Review all aspects of railroad operations to determine which skills are
critical/hazardous. Examples are skills such as signaling, coupling, switching, radio procedures,
(2) Develop a list of the requirements necessary to safely perform each critical skill.
(3) Develop lesson plans for each course to maintain proficiency in the necessary skills.
(4) Develop a training schedule covering all refresher training.
(5) After training has been completed, document the training to show the subject,
material covered, type of training (classroom, correspondence, manual review, video, etc.), the
instructor, date of training, results of tests and trainee's signature. ) Stand-up safety briefings are
one place where the training can be accomplished.
STANDUP SAFETY BRIEFINGS.
a. General. Standup safety briefings are valuable for three reasons:
(1) They provide an excellent means to pass safety related information to railroad
personnel. They also provide an excellent means to inform operating personnel about new
hazards (track washouts, malfunctioning switches, restricted track, etc.). Frequently, face-to-face
meetings provide the most effective means to explain hazardous situations that exist.
(2) Standup safety briefings in which all participate produce synergism resulting in
everyone learning from everyone else.
(3) Standup safety briefings provide an excellent means to keep railroad personnel
sensitized to safety concerns because railroad operating personnel see firsthand that safety is
important to middle and upper management.
b. Requirement. Installation Commanders shall establish requirements for standup
safety briefings (minimum of two weeks between briefings). Installation Commanders shall
require all railroads operating personnel to attend and to acknowledge that they understand the
hazards discussed in standup safety briefings. This acknowledgment can take the form of an
initial or signature on the briefing agenda. Personnel who return to work after a leave period
should be required to initial the hazards discussed at briefings during the leave period. The
discussion of hazards during a stand-up safety briefing does not eliminate the requirement to
establish a hazard notification system discussed below. Standup safety briefings provide an
excellent forum for the conduct of refresher training as discussed above.