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.


Use this safety tip to review the important distinctions between the two categories of tank cars in use in the United States: General Service Cars and Pressure Service Cars, and how to identify the type via specification markings.

Railroad right of ways, switches, derails, equipment and rolling stock can create perfect environments for snakes, insects, rodents and other animals to hide. Always be prepared with this Safety Tip.

Hazardous Materials must be forwarded w/in a 48-hr period (some exclusions apply!) Review this HazMat Safety Tip with your team for details about 49CFR 174.14.

The latest Hazardous Material Safety Tip provides a helpful overview for your team, outlining the sections of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).

This Safety Tip concerns a portion of GCOR 7.6 that is often overlooked.

There are several steps that must be adhered to each and every time roadway workers are required to foul a track or tracks. This Safety Tip discusses basic guidance when doing so.

The latest Hazardous Materials Safety Tip is the third in a series, reviewing the documentation required for the movement of Hazardous Materials.

This Safety Tip discusses our perceptions. Accurately conveying the intent and purpose of rules and instructions to employees will improve their understanding of safety rules and overall work performance.

This Hazmat Safety Tip reviews the necessary elements that railroad personnel should check for and review related to Emergency Response Information as part of reviewing shipping papers.

This Safety Tip discusses when rolling stock and on track maintenance equipment is in the clear.

This first Safety Tip in the hazmat series discusses required documents including shipping papers.

This Safety Tip discusses who is responsible for your safety and that of your coworkers.

For railcars containing hazardous materials, this Safety Tip discusses basic tips for conducting a safety and security inspection.

Use this Safety Tip to discuss preparing for personal safety in winter weather.

This Safety Tip discusses track defects and how they can be reduced.

This Safety Tip encourages empowering employees to have the skills and knowledge to sustain a safe work environment.

This Safety Tip provides guidance on preventing one of the most common workplace causes of injuries.

This Safety Tip describes the specific requirements that help keep employees and equipment safe when a shoving movement is to be made.

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.