HazMat Minute – Short Video Tutorials on Hazardous Materials Regulations

Based on the topics covered during the Short Line Safety Institute’s Hazardous Materials Training Program, we’ve developed a series of quick reviews of key regulatory requirements for the safe movement of Hazardous Materials.

These videos are easy to incorporate into individual training or can be shown during an upcoming Safety Briefing.

Looking for more resources? Consider our Fast Class video series for a quick tutorial (4-7 minutes each in length), HazMat Safety Tips, and HazMat Guides, or schedule a regulatorily-compliant Hazardous Material Training on your railroad today!  All are available at no cost to short line railroads.

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Hazmat Minute Tank Car Orientation

Tank Car Orientation, Part 1

Being able to quickly identify information about a car and its contents can minimize and even mitigate risks associated with a hazardous materials incident. This Hazmat Safety Tip is the first of two in the series, and identifies the reporting marks and information that can be found on the outside of a tank car. View a HazMat Safety Tip to learn more about tank cars.

Railroad Terminology

Railroad Terminology for Use in Emergency Responder Training

Hazardous materials response training for volunteer or remote emergency responders should include an introduction to essential railroad terminology that relates to the transportation of hazardous materials. View a HazMat Safety Tip to learn more about railroad terminology for emergency responder training.

Top Ten OSHA Standards

OSHA Standards and the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA standards are rules that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards. View a HazMat Safety Tip to learn more about OSHA standards and the ten that are most frequently cited.

OTMA Process

One-Time Movement Approval Process

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has the authority to issue one-time movement approvals (OTMA) for bulk packages/packaging that no longer conform to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 171-180). View a HazMat Safety Tip to learn more about OTMAs and how the process works.

Non Accidental Releases

Non-Accidental Releases

Routinely reviewing protocol for hazardous materials releases is a great topic for safety briefings. View a HazMat Safety Tip to learn more about non-accidental releases (NARs) and necessary response actions to take when they occur.

Railroad Right of Way Precautions

Railroad Right-of-Way Precautions

While not inherently dangerous, the rail environment contains a unique infrastructure and moving equipment. It’s better to know before you go when responding to calls for service on railroad property. View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

DECIDE Process Framework

HazMat Emergency Series 3 of 3 – D.E.C.I.D.E.

“D.E.C.I.D.E.” is a process framework for hazardous materials emergency decision making. View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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HazMat Emergency Series 2 of 3 – Fact-Gathering Endeavors

Fact gathering endeavors during a hazardous materials emergency response should focus on: train, surroundings, and coordination. View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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HazMat Emergency Series 1 of 3 – Initial Safety Measures

Three clear priorities exist during a hazardous materials emergency response. View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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Tank Car Inspections

This video discusses the purpose and application of tank car inspections, as well as when they are required.

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Emergency Response Information

This video provides an overview of Emergency Response Information.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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Emergency Response Guidebook 2020

This video reviews the 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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Shipping Papers

This video gives an overview on the purpose and requirements of appropriate shipping documentation.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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Position-in-Train Documents

This video provides an overview of position-in-train documents, including a summary of requirements and examples.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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Placard Essentials

This video reviews sources of placard information and placard requirements.

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Safety & Security Inspection and Acceptance

This video gives an overview of safety & security inspection requirements and how inspections are made.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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General vs. Pressure Service Tank Cars

This video gives an overview of general vs. pressure service tank cars and their distinguishing characteristics.
View a HazMat Safety Tip on the same subject to use in an upcoming Safety Briefing.

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