The Short Line Safety Institute

The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) was established in 2015 in partnership with Congress, FRA, ASLRRA, and the short line industry, with the goal of enhancing and improving safety practices and behaviors on short line and regional railroads.  Through scientifically supported safety culture assessments; continuous training, education; and communication with the rail industry, the SLSI strengthens the short line and regional railroad industry’s commitment to performing at a superior level of safety, with a focus on crude and hazardous materials. 


The Four Pillars of the Short Line Safety Institute

The Short Line Safety Institute’s mission is supported by four pillars.

Assessments: Freight railroads that transport or carry crude or other hazardous materials can be assessed by our team of expert assessors. The assessment includes field observations, in-depth confidential interviews from a cross section of the company, anonymous and confidential safety culture surveys and other reviews.  

SLSI will then use the assessment results to identify gaps in safety culture as well as offer guidance for   improvement through continuous development, education, and training.

Education and Training: Short line and regional railroads will be able to look to the SLSI for education and training as well as suggestions for best

Communication: Our communication pillar is supports the growth of a strong safety culture across the short line industry.   The pillar builds the SLSI Brand, promoting the mission, vision and goals of SLSI through engaging industry stakeholders, and disseminating programmatic activities derived from the other three pillars including research and analysis, benchmarking, best practices, and strategies and tools to impart knowledge to short line railroads and the public.  This pillar is also responsible for requests for understanding from the media, short lines, and other interested parties.

Research: Through primary and secondary research, the SLSI will assist the industry in building a foundation for a deeper understanding of organizational, industry, societal, economic and other factors that may affect safety culture and conformance presently or into the future. The Institute will show industry-wide gaps for improvement, as well as overall trends through aggregate data from the assessment process.

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