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Operating Practices Compliance Manual

Document Series
Compliance Manuals
Office of Railroad Safety
Operating Practices
Subject Operating Practices
Compliance Manual
The goal of the Operating Practices Division in FRA’s Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance is to promote safety in railroad operations by reducing accidents, deaths, and injuries to persons, occupational illnesses, and property or environmental damage attributed to noncompliance with Federal railroad safety or hazardous materials regulations, orders, and statutes pertaining to human factors and railroad operating rules, practices, and procedures. Our primary methodology is to achieve this goal through a properly conceived, executed, and balanced safety program, uniformly implemented by informed personnel. Using this methodology, FRA can reassure the public that the risk of accidents will be progressively reduced. We believe the guidance in this manual will enable us to achieve our goal in a consistent manner.
Download 2012-11_Operating_Practices_CM.pdf
Published Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
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