Supervision of railway companies

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority carries out national supervision in the following areas:
  • Construction of railway facilities: railways and bridges, viaducts, viaducts, trestles, contact networks, safety and communication equipment, level crossings, stations and other marshalling yards, waiting and loading platforms; maintenance of railway infrastructure; safe operation of rail transport, safe operation of rail transport, technical maintenance of railway vehicles and competences of personnel and drivers involved in railway safety;
  • Projects financed by the Structural Funds.

Safety advisers for the transport of dangerous goods by rail

According to the Railway Act, the transport of dangerous goods by rail may only take place under the supervision of a security advisor who complies with the Chemicals Act. A security advisor is a competent person acting on behalf of a company whose task is to ensure the safety and compliance with the transport of dangerous goods.

The Transport Department of the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority supervises the activities of the security advisor for the transport of dangerous goods by rail in companies involved in rail transport. The security advisor's test is organized by the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority in the railway sector. Security advisor's certificate is valid for five years. If the certificate holder has undergone a corresponding refresher and passed the test within one year before the certificate expires, the validity of the certificate is extended for another five years.

Tallinn University of Applied Sciences organizes training in the railway sector once a year or when the training group is full. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the safety consultant to ensure that the training for the renewal of the certificate is completed in good time.

By 2020, ESTONIA will have around 50 certified SAFETY APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS WITH THE RAIL.

If you have stated in your application for a safety certificate for the provision of rail freight services that you are providing a service for the transport of dangerous goods by rail, you must submit a report to the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority by 1 March each year, including the following indicative form:

The tasks of the Security Advisor include monitoring the following activities and procedures:

  • monitoring compliance with requirements for the transport of dangerous goods;
  • advising the operator on dangerous goods;
  • reporting to the management or the competent authorities on the company's activities in the field of the transport of dangerous goods, as required by law. These reports must be kept for five years and made available to the competent authorities upon request;
  • procedures for identifying dangerous goods in transit;
  • when purchasing means of transport, taking into account the specific requirements in force for the transport of dangerous goods;
  • procedures for inspection of equipment related to the transport, loading and unloading of dangerous goods;
  • adequate training of personnel and keeping records of such training;
  • the implementation of appropriate emergency procedures in the event of an accident or incident which may affect the safety of the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods;
  • investigation or reporting, where necessary, of serious accidents, incidents or irregularities during the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods;
  • implementing appropriate measures to prevent and prevent accidents, incidents or serious infringements;
  • taking into account legal requirements and specific requirements relating to the transport of hazardous substances when selecting and using subcontractors or third parties;
  • instructing and ensuring that persons involved in the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous substances receive detailed safety instructions for their work;
  • analysis of the risks associated with the transport, loading or unloading of dangerous goods and implementation of the conclusions drawn;
  • ensuring that the documents and security equipment accompanying the means of transport comply with the regulations;
  • ensuring compliance with loading or unloading requirements.

If the transport has caused damage to health, property or the environment, or if people have been evacuated by emergency services to ensure safety, or if public roads have been closed for more than 3 hours, the security advisor must draw up a report:

Notification is required if:

  • in the event of damage to health, the person dies or suffers injuries requiring hospitalization or incapacity for at least three days;
  • In the event of damage to property, the cargo pollutes the environment or is lost in quantities exceeding the following values:

(a) in the case of transport category 0 or 1, 50 kg (50 liters);

(b) 333 kg (333 liters) in the case of transport category 2;

(c) in the case of transport category 3 or 4, 1000 kg (1000 liters);

  • These thresholds do not apply to radioactive and infectious substances.
  • In the case of environmental damage, the amount of damage exceeds EUR 50 000.

Last updated: 10.04.2021