NS Recognizes Chemical Customers for Safe Rail Shipping

Norfolk Southern (NS) has awarded its 2016 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award to 55 customers in recognition of their safe handling of rail-shipped hazardous material. In 2016, the companies safely shipped 208,503 carloads of chemical products on the NS network.

“Safety and service go hand in hand at Norfolk Southern, and we appreciate the shared safety commitment of our industry partners,” stated Alan Shaw, NS’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “These valued customers understand that safe delivery of their product is essential to our nation’s commerce and to the well-being of our rail and chemical industry employees, the communities we serve, and the environment. Together, we work hard every day to demonstrate that rail is a safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly way to transport chemical products.” 

Shipments transported by NS included products such as industrial chemicals used to manufacture consumer goods, crude petroleum, ethanol, and fertilizers. The products are primarily shipped in tank cars that customers own, maintain or lease.

Since 1996, the annual NS safety award recognizes chemical manufacturers and plants that ship at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous products on the railroad without an incident. Three plants and 52 corporations achieved the standard for 2016.  

NS is a voluntary participant in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Partner Program. The program adheres to strict standards that identify, reduce, and manage process risks from the environmental, health, safety, and security perspectives.