The NRC offers a complimentary Roadway Worker Protection Training program to its members. The program includes a slideshow detailing the FRA’s 49 CFR 214 regulations governing Roadway Worker Protection, an RWP exam and answer key, and training completion cards for your employees.
The RWP training materials provided to members must be administered by a certified RWP Trainer.
While RWP training is mandated by federal regulation, the implementation and oversight of RWP training is handled by each railroad in its own manner. This NRC RWP training is considered generic RWP instruction – it does not include the necessary site-specific and on-the-spot training required by the railroads.According to the FRA, contractor employees receiving generic instruction in the RWP regulation is desirable, however, FRA expects that railroads will require their contractors to adopt the on-track safety rules of the railroad upon which the contractor is working. If a contractor shows up at a railroad with a training certification card from a generic RWP course, such training generally does not provide the specific elements that the contractor employee needs to know about a particular railroad’s on-track safety procedures. Since not every railroad uses the exact same rules and procedures, it is not possible for a generic RWP training course to provide knowledge on all the procedures used throughout the country. Accordingly, contractors must contact a carrier before beginning work to determine how the railroad’s specific training is to be accomplished. The regulation allows contractors to conduct their own training, but it must be understood that such training for the basic worker must have the railroad-specific elements under Sec. 214.345.Contractors must work with their railroad customers to work out the methodology for how contractor employees are to receive their specific training from property to property. This could be in the form of basic Sec. 214.343 on-the-spot training by a railroad representative or contractors conducting their own training of individual railroad rules. However, it is incumbent on the railroads and contractors to work out these details, and contractor training must mirror the individual railroad’s on-track safety rules.The FRA expects that railroads will require their contractors to adopt the on-track safety rules of the railroad upon which the contractor is working, and the FRA expects contractors to comply with programs established by the railroads on which they are working.
RWP materials are offered free of charge to NRC members. Please sign-in to access these materials under your company's member benefit.