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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BNSF began developing and testing a PTC system before the first Congressional mandate made in 2008. BNSF was the first and only freight railroad to operate PTC starting in 2012 and continues to be the leader in Class I railroad operations with PTC on freight lines. The industry-wide change is arguably one of the most significant changes for railroads – bigger even than the conversion from steam to diesel-powered locomotives.


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Freight Rail Plays a Vital Role in the Community

Freight rail plays a vital role in the community, BNSF’s Courtney Wallace writes in the Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee.


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Fuel Tank Donated to La Crosse, WI Fire Department

The La Crosse Fire Department received a donation of a fuel tank car from BNSF Railway to use in training exercises to prepare for Hazmat emergencies.