Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Rail Safety Inspection

Transportation of Hazardous Materials Inspection

Employee inspecting hazardous materials rail tank car
MnDOT rail inspector checks a hazardous materials rail tank car for leaks.

The rail transportation of hazardous materials inspector inspects railroad companies and shippers of hazardous materials by rail.

Significant duties include:

  • Inspect railroad company tank cars and other bulk packages such as portable tanks and hoppers, as well as intermodal containers that contain non-bulk packages of hazmat
  • Review compliance of railroad paperwork such as hazmat waybills and position in train lists
  • Inspect shipper hazmat training records, registration, track protection, security plans, bills of lading, procedures, hazmat shipping documents, and occasionally packages prepared for shipment

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