Overview

Employees in safety critical positions take courses 1 to 9 below.

Employees directly involved in the movement of rail equipment must take courses 1 to 7 below.

Employees not directly involved in the movement of rail equipment must take courses 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 below.

Required courses

Use the Training Tracker Matrix (XLS, 114 KB) tool to help organize and track your progress through each course listed below.

Table 1. Courses and descriptions

Course Course title Description
1 Industrial Railways Operating (IROR) including Railway Radio Communications Rules Applicable operating rules from schedule one of the Industrial Railway Operating Rules.
2 Dangerous Goods (only required when handling dangerous goods) From Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Canada).
3 Car Air Brake Systems Identify and explain the purpose of each major component of a freight car air brake system and how it works.
4 Car Securement Identify and apply the rules for testing hand brakes in securing equipment.
5 Equipment Handling and Switching Strategies Identify the operating conditions that will affect the selection of the safest and most effective equipment handling and switching strategies, then apply these strategies safely.
6 Freight Car Inspection Schedule 4 of the Industrial Railway Regulations.
7 Core Safety Rules Explain and apply basic safety rules for working in and around rail equipment, including but not limited to the following:
  • on or about tracks
  • 3-point protection
  • handbrake operation
  • entraining, detraining, crossing over and riding equipment
  • hand operated switches (throwing switches)
  • operating derails
  • coupling and/or adjusting misaligned couplers
8 Engine Operation Identify and apply the rules and procedures for:
  • safe starting the equipment
  • considerations and steps for initiating a movement
  • considerations to be made while operating
  • engine brakes
  • safety control systems
9 Engine Inspection Identify and apply the steps to take in inspecting the equipment:
  • develop and implement a plan for equipment inspection for the equipment being used
10 Basic Core Safety Rules Explain and apply basic safety rules for working in and around rail equipment, including but not limited to the following:
  • on or about tracks
  • entraining, detraining and crossing over equipment
  • operating derails
  • use of blue flags

Streetcars

The Streetcar Guidelines apply to streetcars operated wholly or in part within the confines of a historical park or similar park or site.