FRA Part 243 Minimum Training Standards requires each railroad or contractor that employs one or more safety-related railroad employee to develop and submit a training program to FRA for approval and to designate the minimum training qualifications for each occupational category of employee. The rule also requires most employers to conduct periodic oversight of their employees and to develop annual written reviews of their training programs to close performance gaps.
This rule places railroad contractors under direct regulation of the FRA for the first time. Employers with more than 400,000 employee work hours now have until Jan. 1, 2020 to submit training programs to the FRA and employers with less than 400,000 employee work hours have until May 1, 2021 to submit programs. Additionally, training organizations and learning institutions (TO/LI) that have provided training to safety-related employees prior to January 1, 2019 may continue without FRA approval until January 1, 2020.
The NRC provides members with 10 FRA-approved training templates that comply with FRA Part 243. They are free to members who log in. These model programs cover the tasks contained in the following FRA Parts: 213, 214, 218, 220, 228, 233, 234, 235, 236, and 237.
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“For the FRA Part 219 and 243 implementation, the NRC was especially helpful for us in that they provide member companies guidance in how to comply with the ever-changing federal regulations. We also value the annual safety awards which we use to motivate our employees to uphold the highest level of safety as well as in business development materials.”
Ragnar Benson Construction, LLC.