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Short Line Safety Institute: Status of Safety Culture in the Industry

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 21-06
Subject Human Factors
Freight railroads, regional railroads, short line railroads, safety culture assessment, safety culture measurement, state of rail industry, human factors, safety culture, safety, railroad

The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) is dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety and safety culture across all short line and regional railroads in the United States. Strengthening a railroad’s safety culture may result in less frequent or severe accidents and create a safer working environment. SLSI defines safety culture as the shared values, actions, and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to safety over competing goals and demands, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Safety Council’s safety culture definition (Morrow & Coplen, 2017). SLSI is able to provides its services via a partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Research, Development and Technology (RD&T).

Last updated: Friday, April 23, 2021