On April 10, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), issued Safety Advisory 2020-01, “Safety Precautions Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”
Under the new Safety Advisory, the FRA encourages, but does not require, railroads, their employees, and contractors, to review guidance from various agencies related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Transportation, including passenger and freight railroads, is a critical infrastructure industry.
The Safety Advisory reviews the FRA’s activation of its Emergency Relief Docket, as well as its issuance of temporary, industry-wide relief from specific FRA regulations. More information on the Emergency Relief can be found here.
The Safety Advisory refers to the following sources:
The Safety Advisory notes that the FRA may modify the advisory or take other actions necessary to ensure the highest level of safety on the Nation’s railroads.
Rail and Transit Agencies should also be aware that the CDC has revised its interim guidance on safety practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers who may have had exposure to COVID-19. More information on the CDC’s interim guidance is available here.