The Short Line Safety Institute’s materials cover a range of topics related to Safety Culture and HazMat. Browse our Safety Tips below for guidance on how to improve safety at your railroad.


This Safety Tip encourages utilizes training resources available to support safety.

This Safety Tip encourages a learning environment where opportunities to improve safety are continuously sought out and implemented.

This Safety Tip encourages maintaining your strong safety culture during any changes caused by COVID-19.

This Safety Tip encourages you to optimize safety-related communication to improve safety culture and minimize accidents and injuries.

This Safety Tip encourages you to take the time to secure and test the securement of rail equipment.

This Safety Tip offers good housekeeping practices that can help prevent injuries and lead to improvements in morale and productivity.

This Safety Tip offers helpful information about blue flags and signal protection.

This Safety Tip offers helpful information about switches, derails and clearance points.

Job safety briefings ensure that employees are aware of the occupational health and safety risks associated with the job they perform. This Safety Tip describes the essential elements of job safety briefings.

This Safety Tip describes the purpose and importance of personal protective equipment (PPE).

This Safety Tip offers helpful information about the inspection and use of tools and equipment.

This Safety Tip describes the importance of establishing strong lines of communication to raise awareness about potential safety hazards.

Exposure to summer heat can be hazardous.  This Safety Tip provides a brief overview of the symptoms and treatment options for heat-related illnesses, as well as tips for prevention.