Prevention

HMM team members regularly inspect tank cars moving on the Union Pacific network to ensure safe transportation. Here’s how the team makes that happen:

  • In each inspection, an HMM team member examines fittings, markings, safety appliances, and waybills among other items to ensure safety of shipment. 
  • Union Pacific's HMM team members annually perform thousands of these inspections, including 10 to 16 tank car inspection blitz programs throughout the year across the Union Pacific network. 
  • Union Pacific managers, outside contractors, Union Pacific customers and government regulators work together to inspect tank cars in a defined geographic area

HMM is responsible for training Union Pacific employees about hazardous materials safety.

  • All U.S. Department of Transportation-defined "hazmat employees" are required to be trained in the safe handling of hazardous materials.
  • Union Pacific train crews are required to carry a copy of Instructions for Handling Hazardous Materials -- a reference guide published by HMM -- while operating a train carrying hazmat.
  • If Union Pacific inspections identify a shipper with recurring issues, HMM will provide onsite training for proper tank car preparation to ensure the shipper is educated in best practices for preparing hazardous materials shipments.