Cab Sanitation Standards
On March 25, 2002, the FRA issued a Final Rule on Locomotive Cab Sanitation Standards for toilet and washing facilities in locomotive cabs.
The rule provides exceptions for certain existing equipment and operations, and establishes servicing requirements.
The Final Rule was the product of the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) on Locomotive Cab Working Conditions.
The regulation applies to lead locomotives and any occupied locomotive in a trailing position, except:
For the purposes of this rule, a locomotive's toilet facility is determined to be compliant or non-compliant at the time of the daily inspection. If it does not comply, it is prohibited from use as a lead or occupied locomotive until repaired or made sanitary.
Specific conditions are to be met at the daily inspection, including:
There are provisions to address circumstances of defective ventilation systems, defective toilets where parts are unavailable, and toilets determined to be non-compliant, where determination is made at a remote location and meet a specific set of restrictive conditions.