Technical Committees

Committee 40 – Engineering Safety

Maintenance Functional Group

Chair

Matthew R. Porto

Director, System Safety

Amtrak

Email: matthew.porto@amtrak.com

Vice Chair

Edwin B. Frazier, Jr.

Railroad Health & Safety Mgr

HDR

Email: efrazier@hdrinc.com

Committee 40 Mission Statement

Compile, promote, and communicate the value of recommended practices in support of an enhanced safety culture for the railroad community which is free of injury and fatality.

Current Focus 

  • Moving away from "Rules Compliance" and into a role of RWP Application focus
  • Primary Focus: Hazard recognition and mitigation with Maintenance of Way applications and construction activities.

Current Activities

  • Develop Recommended Practices for "Effective Job Briefings"
  • Develop understanding of hazard recognition & mitigation
    • Job Hazard Analysis
    • Root Cause Analysis
  • OSHA impact on railroad operations
  • System safety approach & Risk reduction