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Training Standards Rule

Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 243, Training, Qualifications, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees requires each railroad or contractor that employs one or more safety-related railroad employees to develop and submit certain training programs to FRA for approval, and to designate the minimum training qualifications for each occupational category of employee. The regulation also requires most employers to conduct periodic oversight of their employees. Large employers (400,000 or more total employee work hours annually) must develop annual written reviews to determine the effectiveness of their training relating to employee performance gaps. Based on the results of the annual review, the employers’ designated person(s) coordinate any necessary adjustments to the initial and refresher training programs. 

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Upcoming Implementation Dates


Each Class I railroad, and each intercity or commuter passenger railroad with 400k or more total employee work hours annually All other railroads All railroad contractors 
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