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Safety Assurance and Compliance Program (SACP) : Year-2002 Accomplishments and Year-2003 Audit Plans

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 2003
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration - Office of Safety
OFFICE: RRS
SUBJECT: Enforcement, Program Evaluation
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the arm of the Federal Government charged with promoting and ensuring the safety of the Nation’s railroad industry. This is accomplished through the promulgation and enforcement of safety regulations and the onsite monitoring of railroad operations. The goal is to prevent fatalities and injuries related to both railroad operations and the release of hazardous materials from rail cars, and to enhance the security of railroad operations nationwide. This involves cooperative efforts among FRA, railroads, States, local communities, railroad contractors and suppliers, other Federal agencies, as well as the public (especially members of the public who use highway-rail grade crossings or who enter onto railroad property). One of the many tools FRA uses to maintain rail safety is the Safety Assurance and Compliance Program. The FRA established this program to facilitate permanent solutions to safety issues by using the expertise of the various facets involved on each of the major railroads to find the root causes of safety problems; develop solutions cooperatively with railroad management and employees; and focus both inspection activity and the use of enforcement tools on the most serious safety risks revealed by our inspections and our accident data.
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