This is a password protected BNSF Website. It is solely intended for Community First Responders, our Hazmat Contractors and members of the BNSF Hazmat Team. If you are looking for general information about BNSF and how we handle hazardous materials, please visit the BNSF Rail Safety Website.


The BNSF hazmat strategy is built on

An Unwavering Effort to Improve Safety Performance

Through sustained focus on safety improvement, an average of 99.99 percent of hazmat trips arrive without incident.

Strict procedures to minimize risk

No matter where our hazmat team is working, or who is in charge, we follow rigorous standard procedures to ensure safe operations across our network.

Incident Prevention

We are continuously strengthening our hazmat safety program through forward planning and risk mitigation in order to reduce the potential for a hazmat incident.

Intense Training

BNSF is committed to thoroughly train Community Responders, Hazmat Contractors and the BNSF Hazmat Team — in the classroom and online.


In the event of a hazmat incident, our team stands ready to respond. We are well trained, well equipped and have planned ahead.

A 165-year heritage of excellence

Celebrating our heritage and building on our success is one of BNSF’s shared values. We are proud of our 165-year history.

First responder resources

Additional Safety Resources

Operation Lifesaver and Railroad Crossing Locator tools are excellent resources
on railway and rail crossing safety.

Commodity flow request

If you are a local emergency responder, elected- or emergency-management official and need BNSF hazmat commodity flow reports for your emergency response planning, click below to request information about shipments in your community. These are available on a confidential basis and for security reasons are not offered to the general public.

Submit a request

ask rail

Askrail: if you are first at the scene

Community Responders who arrive first to the scene of a rail emergency and need critical information about the contents of a railcar can rely on the AskRail mobile application.

This mobile app provides immediate access to accurate, real-time data about each railcar on a train. This information can help emergency responders make informed decisions about how to respond to a rail emergency.

More about askrail


BNSF Railway devotes extensive resources to safely move and deliver products essential to our everyday lives, including hazardous materials. Our commitment is to transport freight safely and meet or exceed the expectations of our customers, partners, employees and the communities where we operate.

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News and updates

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Battery Electric Locomotive


BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Wabtec’s (NYSE: WAB) exploration of the future potential of battery-electric locomotives crosses another significant milestone this week as they begin testing the technology in revenue service between Barstow and Stockton, California. As BNSF seeks ways to further reduce its environmental impact, the advancement of battery technology offers some possible solutions.

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Face Coverings Mandatory

Face coverings mandatory when distancing isn’t possible. Effective, Saturday, May 2, BNSF employees are now required to wear a face covering or mask when social distancing is not possible and we are asking our contract partners to implement similar face-covering requirements for their workers.

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Electronic Train List

On April 13, 2020 BNSF received authorization to use electronic hazardous material (hazmat) documents instead of paper.  This change was driven to decrease BNSF’s train crews’ exposure to COVID19, as electronic train/hazmat documents allow BNSF’s crews to board their train without having to enter a BNSF yard office to secure their paperwork.  This change was also driven in an effort to improve the accuracy of the list available to emergency responders during a hazmat incident.

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