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System Safety Program

The purpose of a system safety program is to improve railroad safety through structured, proactive processes and procedures developed and implemented by railroad operators that:

  • Supports risk management and provides methods for evaluating and responding to all safety issues.
  • Includes proactive hazard management methods that support continuous safety improvement.
  • Ensures that applicable federal, state, and local safety regulations and safety requirements are identified and addressed.
  • Represents the railroad’s safety philosophy and cultivates a robust safety culture from the most senior officer throughout all levels of the organization.
Last updated: Saturday, October 19, 2019