Welcome BNSF Railway Customers

BNSF strives to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers as we deliver products essential to our everyday lives, including hazardous materials. The following guidance documents are intended to help support customers, by providing some industry guidelines and reference material for shipping hazardous materials.

General Resources

BNSF devotes extensive resources to move and deliver products safely. In this section you will find resource material to help prevent a hazardous materials non-accident release (NAR).

Non-Accidental Release (NAR) Reduction

Be informed. Knowing what to look for and understanding what may cause a hazardous material, non-accidental release can reduce the potential risk and allow for timely deliveries.

NAR Reference Documents

Recommended Method for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Non-Pressure (General Service) and Pressure Tank Cars

Provides general guidelines for  the selection of tank cars and recommended procedures for loading and unloading the cars.

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Intermodal Restrictions for Hazardous Materials

Understanding BNSF’s intermodal restrictions can help determine the best shipping method and container for your intermodal shipment. In this section you will find the tools and guidance document to help you make this determination.

Hazardous Materials – Accepted and Prohibited Intermodal Commodities

This user friendly tool allows you to search a UN/NA Number or Product Specific Name to determine if the product is an accepted commodity to be transported by BNSF Railway in an Intermodal dry container or 20′ ISO Tank.

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Accepted and Prohibited Commodities

BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide

The BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide (R&PG) specifies the rules governing Intermodal transportation on BNSF or transportation provided by BNSF and part of a continuous intermodal movement.


BNSF Hazmat Safety

BNSF believes that every accident and injury is preventable.  BNSF’s vision is to operate injury and accident free, and we work each day to make that vision  a reality through our extensive safety programs, training and technology.

Responsible Care® Management System (RCMS)

RCMS is an integrated health, safety, security, and environmental management system based on the principles of responsible care and offers an integrated, structured approach to improve company performances in community awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; and process and product safety.

BNSF RCMS Audit Findings

BNSF RCMS Verification Certificate

News & 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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