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eRailSafe is recognized as the industry standard for railroad safety and security. The mission of the program is to improve the security of railroad employees, operations and facilities. As part of these efforts, designated railroad contractors, vendors and suppliers are required to comply with the program, which includes:
Contractor and vendor personnel are required to submit to background investigations, which includes the following security checks:
- Criminal Background Search (county and state)
- OFAC – Terrorist Watch List
- National Criminal Database Check
- Social Security Number Validation
The information collected is reviewed and audited by the Class I Railroad to assess an employee's eligibility to access railroad property. The screenings also ensure that contractors and their employees are in compliance with internal and regulatory requirements.
Safety Training & Testing
Users are also subjected to mandatory training and testing, which includes Rail Security Awareness Training and Contractor Orientation via the web. Contractor/vendor personnel must complete required safety and security training and pass a railroad assessment, which tests their knowledge of safety railroad practices.
Badging and Credentialing
Contractor/vendor personnel are required to wear eRailSafe ID Badges when on railroad property. Badges, with pictures of approved contractors, are issued upon successful completion of background investigation and compliance testing.
Benefits of the eRailSafe Program
- Comply with Federal Government safety standards and railroad compliance
- Create a uniform process for the railroad industry through training/testing, comprehensive background checks and the issuance of an ID credential to access property
- Centralize information for each participating railroad, particularly when it comes to managing both internal and external audits
- Cost-savings through improved process efficiency for railroads
- Contractors benefit through standardized pricing to access various railroad properties