UPRR Test is at the bottom of this course.
This course does
not meet the requirements for fall protection and/or on-track
This course is
not to intended for
Union Pacific Fiber Optic Contractors.
This is the site specific
safety information that is the basic orientation
for all contractors doing work on Union Pacific Corporation property
Safety is MY
The course below is provided for you to review and
use as a constant resource. It is important that you work in a safe manner
while on the UPRR property.
Safety Is MY Responsibility
The safety of personnel, property, rail operations,
and the public is of paramount importance in the performance of any work on
Union Pacific Railroad. As reinforcement and in furtherance of overall
safety measures to be observed by the contractor (and not by way of
limitation), the following special safety rules shall be followed. The
terms “contractor” and “employees” as used in this document refer to all
employees of the contractor as well as all employees of any subcontractor.
Union Pacific Railroad
is committed to providing the safest workplace possible for our employees,
our contractor’s employees, and the public. Adherence to these minimum
safety requirements, plus additional instructions at the job site, will help
to ensure an injury-free project. The railroad's employee in charge (EIC)
is authorized to take any actions necessary to prevent injuries to any
person, damage to railroad property, or disruption of railroad operations.
It must be
understood that, on Union Pacific Railroad, SAFETY takes priority over all
other considerations, including production, project deadlines and quality.
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Authority to Work on
Union Pacific Railroad
working on Union Pacific Railroad property, the contractor must:
Have a valid right-of-entry
agreement from UPRR.
Notify the railroad representative at least 48 hours prior to
commencing work on UP property and at least 24 hours prior to commencing
work that will require any person or equipment (including boom extensions)
to be closer than 25 feet to any track.
Ensure that all employees have received the required training for the
work to be performed.
All employees of the
contractor will be suitably dressed to perform their duties safely and in a
manner that will not interfere with their vision, hearing, or free use of
their hands or feet. Specifically, the contractor’s employees must wear:
Waist length shirts with sleeves.
Trousers that cover the entire leg. If flare-legged trousers are
worn, the trouser bottoms must be tied to prevent catching.
Footwear that covers their ankles and has a defined heel. Employees
working on bridges are required to wear safety-toed footwear that conforms
to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) footwear requirements. Employees shall not wear boots
(other than work boots), sandals, canvas-type shoes, or other shoes that
have thin soles or heels that are higher than normal.
must not wear loose or ragged clothing, neckties, finger rings, or other
loose jewelry while operating or working on machinery.
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Personal Protective Equipment
The contractor shall
require its employees to wear personal protective equipment as specified by
UP rules, regulations, or the railroad’s employee in charge. In particular,
the protective equipment to be worn shall be:
Hard hat that meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1
-- latest revision. Hard hats should be affixed with the contractor’s
company logo or name.
Eye protection that meets the ANSI standard for occupational
and educational eye and face protection, Z87.1 -- latest revision. Safety
glasses must be equipped with permanently affixed side shields. Additional
eye protection must be provided to meet specific job situations such as
welding, grinding, etc.
Hearing protection that affords enough attenuation to give protection
from noise levels that will be occurring on the job site. Hearing
protection, in the form of plugs or muffs, must be worn when employees are
100 feet of a locomotive or roadway/work equipment
15 feet of power operated tools
150 feet of jet blowers or pile drivers
150 feet of retarders in use (when within 10 feet, employees must
wear dual ear protection - plugs and muffs)
Other types of personal
protective equipment, such as respirators, fall protection equipment and
face shields, must be worn as directed by the railroad’s EIC.
contractor is responsible for compliance with the Federal Railroad
Administration’s Roadway Worker Protection regulations (49CFR214, Subpart C)
and UPRR’s On-Track Safety rules. Under 49CFR214, Subpart C, railroad
contractors are responsible for the training of their employees on these
In addition to the
instructions contained in Roadway Worker Protection regulations, all
contractor employees must:
Maintain a distance of at least 25 feet
to any track unless the railroad’s EIC is present to authorize movements.
The railroad's EIC will determine and provide the type of On-Track Safety
that is required for the work being performed.
Wear an orange, reflective vest or similar orange, reflective
workwear approved by the railroad’s EIC when working within 25 feet of any
Participate in a job briefing during which the railroad's EIC will
specify the type of On-Track Safety for the type of work being performed.
Contractors must take special note of limits of track authority, which
tracks may or may not be fouled, and clearing the track. They will also
receive special instructions relating to the work zones around machines and
minimum distances between machines while working and traveling.
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is the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that all equipment is in a
safe condition to operate. If, in the opinion of the railroad’s EIC, any of
the contractor’s equipment is unsafe for use, the contractor shall remove
such equipment from the railroad’s property. In addition, the contractor
must ensure that:
The operators of all equipment are properly trained and competent in
the safe operation of the equipment. In addition, operators must be:
Familiar and comply with UPRR’s rules on lockout/tagout of equipment.
Trained in and comply with the applicable operating rules if
operating any hy-rail equipment on-track.
Trained in and comply with the applicable air brake rules if
operating any equipment that moves rail cars or any other rail-bound
The operator’s manual, which includes instructions for safe
operation, is kept with each machine.
All self-propelled equipment is equipped with a first aid kit, fire
extinguisher, and audible back-up warning device.
Unless otherwise authorized by the
railroad’s EIC, all unattended equipment is parked a minimum of 25 feet from
any track and a minimum of 250 feet from any road crossing. Before leaving
any equipment unattended, the operator must:
Stop the engine and properly secure the equipment against movement.
Verify that the master battery switch is left in the off or
disconnect position and padlocked.
Where equipment has an enclosed cab, padlock the cab access doors.
Cranes are equipped with three orange cones that will be used to mark
the working area of the crane and the minimum clearances to overhead power
lines. All overhead lines are considered to be high voltage.
All moves are well communicated and coordinated with other employees
at the job site. Emergency signals to stop movements made by given by
Seat belt use is required when operating machines so equipped and
when driving or riding in vehicles. This requirement applies whether the
vehicle or machine is on or off the rail.
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General Safety Requirements
The contractor shall keep
the job site free from safety and health hazards and ensure that its
employees are competent and properly trained in all safety and health
aspects of the job. Specifically, the contractor must ensure that:
The railroad is promptly notified of any reportable injury (as
defined by the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA)
to an employee that occurs during the performance of work at the job site.
The railroad must also be promptly notified of any and all inspections
conducted at the work site by any federal, state or local government agency.
The railroad is promptly notified of any damage to railroad property.
Employees do not use, be under the influence of, or have in their
possession any alcoholic beverage or illegally obtained drug, narcotic, or
other substance while on railroad property.
All waste is properly disposed of in accordance with applicable
federal and state regulations. No open fires are permitted on railroad
All contractor’s vehicles stop at all railroad crossings to ascertain
the way is clear.
All employees participate in and comply with
any job briefings conducted by the railroad’s EIC. During these briefings,
the railroad’s EIC will specify safe work procedures (including On-Track
Safety), the potential hazards of the job, and Emergency Response
Procedures. If any participant has any questions or concerns about the
work, he/she must voice them during the job briefing. Additional job
briefings will be conducted during the work as conditions, work procedures,
or personnel change.
All track work performed by the contractor meets the minimum safety
requirements established by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Track
Safety Standards 49CFR213.
All excavations, holes, and trenches are protected to prevent
injuries to other workers, railroad employees, or the public.
All employees comply with the following safety procedures when
working around any railroad track:
Always be on the alert for moving equipment. Employees must always
expect movement on any track, at any time, in either direction.
Do not step or walk on the top of the rail, frog, switches, guard
rails, or other track components.
In passing around the ends of standing cars, engines, roadway
machines or work equipment, leave at least 20 feet between yourself and the
end of the equipment. Do not go between pieces of equipment if the opening
is less than one car length (50 feet).
Do not walk or stand on a track unless authorized by the railroad’s
Before stepping over or crossing tracks, look in both directions.
Do not sit on, lie under, or cross between cars except as required in
the performance of your duties and only when equipment has been protected
against movement and authorized by the railroad’s EIC.
No tools or materials are left close to the track when trains are
All employees comply with all federal and state regulations
concerning workplace safety.
All employees protect the environment by:
Conducting a daily clean-up of the work area
Properly disposing of any waste, including hazardous waste
Not dumping, burying or burning waste material on UPRR property
Labeling all containers as to contents and hazards
Providing a means to capture any fluids leaking from equipment
Providing adequate dust control
Containing any runoff from washing work equipment
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The contractor must
ensure that its employees comply with fall protection requirements contained
FRA's Bridge Worker Safety regulations 49 CFR 214, Subpart B when
working on railroad bridges, and
OSHA's Fall Protection regulations 29 CFR 1926, Subpart M when
working on all other elevated structures.
The contractor must
review the fall protection plan with the railroad's employee in charge
before commencing work.
The contractor must
ensure that its employees comply with OSHA's Confined Space regulations 29
CFR 1910.146. If it will be necessary to enter or work in a confined space
(permit-required or non-permit required), the contractor must review the
confined space entry plan with the railroad's employee in charge. Examples
of confined spaces on Union Pacific Railroad are:
Sanitary and storm sewer systems
Underground utility vaults
Enclosed railroad cars (covered hoppers,
tank cars, etc.)
contractor will comply with its own permit space program or UPRR's confined
space entry program. In addition, the contractor must:
available information regarding permit-required confined space hazards and
entry operations from the UPRR entry supervisor.
Coordinate entry operations with the UPRR, when
both UPRR employees and contractor personnel will be working in or near the
permit-required confined spaces, so employees of both UPRR and the
contractor do not endanger each other.
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Prior to working in any
railroad tunnel on UP, the contractor must review the specific tunnel safety
plan with the railroad's employee in charge. The contractor should
anticipate that their employees will be required to wear respirators while
working in the tunnel. Therefore, the contractor's employees should be
medically cleared and fit-tested for the appropriate respirators prior to
contractor's employees must participate in all job briefings pertaining to
their work in the tunnel and comply with instructions given in the job
The contractor must ensure that all employees comply with OSHA's Excavations
regulations 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P. If it will be necessary to work in or
around an excavation, the contractor must review the excavation safety plan
with the railroad's employee in charge prior to commencing work.
The contractor must ensure compliance with OSHA's Hazard Communication
regulations 29 CFR 1910.1200. This regulation requires employers to
establish hazard communication programs to transmit information on the
hazards of chemicals to their employees by means of labels on containers,
material safety data sheets, and training programs. Implementation of these
hazard communication programs will ensure all employees have the
"right-to-know" the hazards and identities of the chemicals they work with,
and will reduce the incidence of chemically - related occupational illnesses
A copy of UP's Hazard Communication Written Plan will be available for
review by contractors working on or near Railroad property where hazardous
chemicals are used or stored. By reviewing this Written Plan, contractors
will learn the identity of any potentially hazardous chemicals to which
their employees may be exposed while working at a Union Pacific facility and
precautions necessary to protect employees from these hazards. Contractors
will also be able to request a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from the
Contractors shall provide
UP with copies of MSDS for any hazardous chemicals that will be used prior
to bringing them into a Union Pacific facility or using them on Union
In the event of a spill
involving hazardous chemicals, the contractor must immediately call UP's
Risk Management Communication Center at 1-888-UPRR-COP.
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The contractor must
ensure that all employees comply with OSHA's Asbestos regulations 29 CFR
1926.1101 when working with any materials known to contain asbestos. The
contractor must review with the railroad's employee in charge their plan to
protect all personnel from the hazards of airborne asbestos.
The contractor must
ensure that all employees who are exposed to lead comply with OSHA's Lead
regulations 29 CFR 1926.62. Each contractor must have a program that
protects its employees and others who are in or near the work site from the
hazards of airborne lead.
Work processes covered in
this program include but are not limited to routine and emergency
maintenance of bridges, buildings, overhead cranes, sand towers, tanks,
scales and other steel structures with lead-based coatings.
contractor must review with the railroad's employee in charge their plan for
protecting all personnel from exposure to lead before commencing work.
SECURITY AWARENESS COURSE
In 1993 a group of religious fundamentalist’s attempts
to topple the World Trade Center, by detonating a rented truck filled with
ammonium nitrite, urea and nitric acid.
In 1995 Timothy McVeigh blows up the federal building
in Oklahoma City as a result of his growing anger with the federal
In 1999 two members of an anti-government militia are
arrested for plotting to detonate 24 million gallons of liquid propane at a
storage facility in Elk Grove, California.
September 11, 2001 a small group of well organized terrorists hijack four
commercial aircraft crashing two into the World Trade Center, one into the
Pentagon, while the passengers of the fourth cause its crash in a
Pennsylvania field preventing its apparent attack on another target.
Thousands of innocent people are killed.
These are a few examples of terrorist attacks that have
drawn attention to the importance of security of hazardous materials in
America’s transportation system.
While none of these incidents involved the
transportation of hazardous materials, they illustrate how hazardous
materials have the potential to be transformed into terrorist weapons.
Hazardous materials are essential to the economy of the
United States and the well being of its people. They fuel our cars and
trucks and locomotives, heat and cool our homes and offices, and purify the
water we drink. Hazardous materials are used in farming, medical
applications, in manufacturing, mining and other industrial processes. Over
800,000 shipments of Hazardous Materials are made daily.
Hazardous materials move safely by plane, train, truck,
vessel, or pipeline in quantities ranging from ounces to thousands of
gallons. In the wrong hands however, hazardous materials can pose a
significant threat. Addressing this threat is vital to protecting our
citizens and our economy.
The Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement
agencies alone cannot guarantee the security of the transportation system.
They need the help of carriers, shippers and producers.
I have the privilege and
honor to be President of the Association of American Railroads. In this
time of heightened security alert, our nation is depending on a safe, secure
and reliable transportation system; and, as you know, freight railroads are
the backbone of that transportation system. The secure operation of
railroads is critical to our economy, our national defense, and our way of
In the rail industry, safety
and security have always been our highest priorities. Thanks to the efforts
of our companies and your personal dedication to safety, we are prepared.
However, we must continue to
focus and heighten our awareness. We can become even better at what we do.
The Association of American Railroads and your individual companies have
developed plans in a continuing effort to enhance the security of the rail
system, especially in the area of hazardous materials.
As you watch this
presentation, I invite you to join your fellow employees in taking your
skills and safety principles to a new level. This will help us “all do our
share: in the years to come.
We can all be proud to be
part of the railroad family. Thank you for everything you do to provide
safe, secure, and efficient transportation. Mr. Ed Hamburger,
President & CEO of AAR
What you need to do while
on Railroad Property.
A heightened awareness.
An alertness to your work
A commitment to safe and
proper procedures and rules.
The willingness to follow up
on out of the ordinary circumstances and situations.
And the knowledge of how to
communicate and make proper notification of exceptional or unusual
Each is a part of what we
can do and they are all a part of being a railroader.
The U.S. Department of
Transportation now requires each employee involved in the transportation of
hazardous materials to receive training in transportation security
you work in the railyards, out along the railroad track, or in a shop or an
office, security awareness means contributing to a safe work environment by
being aware of your surroundings at all times, complying with rules,
instructions and conducting thorough job briefings.
In other words staying alert
for events or circumstances that are out of the ordinary and knowing what to
do, while at all times maintaining your safety and the safety of others.
For example trespassers:
We’ve all seen them on the railroad. However, in these times it is
especially important that we don’t unauthorized persons on our property. If
appropriate politely question the person and inform him or her of the laws
regarding trespassing and the potential dangers on railway property for
yourself that they leave the property.
Sometimes there is the more
questionable type trespasser, such as the person who just looks out of
place. We know how railroaders dress and usually we are fairly familiar
with vendors and delivery people in our areas. In this case notify the
appropriate authorities, supervisors, railway or local police, according to
your railroad’s procedures. Graphic – Police Emergency Response Number. UPRR
Emergency Response center is: 888-877-7267
In any case, do not take
risks. But, on the other hand do not ignore the unauthorized person on
railroad property or on our trains. Another type person to be aware of is
the person who seems curious about the railroad or its operations.
Especially people who ask about times and routes of trains, movements
involving hazmat, military supplies and people who wish to know locations of
offices such as dispatching centers.
Also notice people who
appear to be lost or confused. They may actually be lost, or they may be
trying to find their way around your office building or work area.
If you have a new employee
working with you, take the time to brief him or her on what is “normal” or
accepted in your work area, what they may expect and whom they may expect to
Try to heighten their
awareness and give them examples of people or activities that they should be
alert for. Prepare them! Teach them to recognize the “norm: and maybe they
will then recognize the out-of-the ordinary.
We should also heighten our
awareness for unusual circumstances. Things we might have taken for granted
in the past should “get your attention”.. For example, a vehicle parked on
the right of way or near your shop, or an unfamiliar truck or van making a
delivery. Now, that’s not to say that every unfamiliar vehicle is
“suspicious”. However, it is important that we pay attention to our
environment and circumstances that are our of the ordinary.
The security of railroad
property is also a high priority. Particular attention should be paid to:
bridges; tunnels; fuel storage facilities; yards with high volumes of haz
mat shipments; dispatching centers; communication & signal systems and
Rules compliance, equipment
and job knowledge and knowledge of your territory or work area play key
roles in transportation security.
For example, while out on
the railroad, make doubly sure that locomotives and trains are secured.
When possible lock the locomotive. Secure remote control belt packs, when
equipment is left unattended at outlying points or at remote points within
yards or terminals. Follow the rules. As always the rules are your best
friends when it comes to preventing incidents and injuries.
Double check switches.
Determine if they are lined and locked properly. Pay close attention to
derails. Lock all company vehicles when not in use. Check buildings and
shanties for security, lock-‘em up!
Pay special attention to
areas or buildings that may be used to store hazardous materials. If an
area, building, or office is restricted or secured, that’s just what it
should be, restricted to entry. Do not allow unauthorized persons to enter
and if unauthorized persons do seek entry, refer them to the proper
If you work with a computer
take all security precautions. Lock it down when it is unattended. Never
share your user ID and password, and don’t allow others to use your computer
while logged on. There is a lot of information that can be gained through
our company computer network, such as train documents and car movement
Protect your company
equipment. Lock up all materials.
Car inspections are a vital
part of our rail security. Increase your scrutiny of railcars especially
hazardous materials and military shipments. Look for unusual items mounted
on or under cars. Report unusual conditions to the appropriate authority.
Look for signs of tampering.
Each of us is familiar with
the routines and people we see every day in our office, yard or shop. If
you see an unfamiliar face or questionable situation, ask questions if it
seems safe to do so. Check credentials from those who say they work for a
government agency. Peacefully confront strangers or visitors on property.
Determine if they have a business need to be there, such as a contractor.
If there is any question in these cases notify your supervisor or
Watch and listen. Be aware
of personal conversations with others on or off the property about your job
and yard. Unusual interest in technical details should heighten your
suspicion and should be reported. Do not speak openly, about detailed
information on trains, direction of movement, schedules and consists,
especially hazardous materials, business car and military movements. This
includes posting information to internet sites.
As always, in any effort
teamwork and communication is imperative. Be familiar with and follow
instructions on the emergency response procedures. UPRR Emergency
Response center is: 888-877-7267
Keep one another focused;
discuss alertness and security at job briefings and safety meeting; remind
one another of things to look out for; share information; discuss
precautions and proper responses to situations; follow the plan; and make a
contribution. Each of us has a responsibility. It’s bigger than just our
work group or railroad.
Now, we know we have covered
a lot of ground in a short time and of course we can’t include every
situation or response in a program of this length. That’s where you come
in. Remember, if you do notice people or events out-of-the ordinary, don’t
over-react. Don’t under-react either. Take appropriate action, and that
means being prepared. Know the appropriate action or notification. Take
the time to prepare yourself with knowledge. And most of all DO NOT
take risks, with your safety or the safety of others.
As we said earlier all
citizens, all railroaders have a responsibility to the safety and security
of our families, homes, communities and our nation. There are not better
reasons to heighten our alertness and awareness. It is up to all of us “to
do our share”. We are the eyes and ears of safety and security for the
railroad. We are each on the front line of defense. We are all in it
Rail security awareness, do
what you’ve always done, only better.
Make sure while on Railroad
property that you know the Railroad emergency number. UPRR Emergency
Response center is: 888-877-7267
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