USDOT Issues New Hazmat Safety Advisory to Major Freight Railroads to Help Prevent Derailments


At Global Hazmat, our top priority is safely transporting dangerous goods. We understand the ever-evolving nature of regulations and the importance of staying informed. That’s why we are committed to keeping our customers up to date with all changes that pertain to the safe transportation of dangerous goods. With our comprehensive knowledge and expertise, you can rely on us to provide you with the latest information, ensuring compliance and peace of mind throughout the shipping process.

With that in mind, we bring you the following advisory about US DOT’s push for enhanced rail safety.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has advocated for a series of reforms and urged Congress to support a budget that prioritizes critical rail infrastructure improvements while ensuring uninterrupted rail inspections.

As part of their ongoing commitment to enhancing safety in communities nationwide, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a division of the USDOT, has recently called upon major freight railroads to conduct a thorough review and update their rail car and locomotive placement practices. Railcars’ configuration and cargo loading play a crucial role in mitigating the risk of derailments, making it imperative for railroads to prioritize proper placement and securement.

This latest safety advisory marks the sixth since the Norfolk Southern derailment incident in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3rd. These advisories form part of the USDOT’s ongoing efforts to hold railroad companies accountable to their employees and the communities they serve, reinforcing their commitment to safety.

The USDOT’s unwavering dedication to rail safety and its proactive approach to addressing potential risks underscores its commitment to safeguarding communities and ensuring the well-being of rail workers. By advocating for reforms, urging railroads to review their practices, and proposing substantial investments, the USDOT is taking decisive action to bolster rail safety and enhance the integrity of the nation’s rail infrastructure.

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