DG Digest: FMCSA makes changes to agency rules, also corrects errors and removes obsolete references from its regulations.

The FRA is making correcting amendments to its regulations for rail employee training. Such training mandates extend even to museum operations. Chicago & Northwestern 411, a preserved EMD F7A locomotive, operates at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL, on July 3rd, 2022. Nikki Burgess photo © 7/2022; all rights reserved.

Welcome to October! Not only is the fall season now rolling in; October is National Fire Prevention Month. Does your workplace have good suppression equipment, a solid emergency plan, and a well-trained employee team ready to deal with fire and fire prevention? This is the month to especially focus on and address these issues.  As HS&E professionals, our employee colleagues look to us for help and guidance for this type of information, so let’s dig in and make it happen. Here’s the latest regulatory news:

Transport Canada

The Ministry invites participation in the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC) and Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Satisfaction Survey. The Ministry notes that the survey is being held in order to allow affected stakeholders to help CANUTEC improve its services and the ERG. Access the survey here.


The agency has amended its regulations by making technical corrections throughout the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These are minor changes to correct inadvertent errors and omissions, remove or update obsolete references, and improve the clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. It also makes nondiscretionary, ministerial changes that merely align regulatory requirements with the underlying statutory authority. Additionally, the agency made changes relating to agency management and to FMCSA’s rules of organization, procedures, or practice. This final rule is effective September 29, 2022. See it here.


The agency proposes amending its regulation on Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees (Training Rule) to codify agency guidance and clarify existing requirements.  Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by December 2, 2022.

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