Introduced Version





SENATE RESOLUTION No. ___




DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION


     A SENATE RESOLUTION to urge the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division of the Indiana Department of Labor (IOSHA), the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to review the health and safety standards at railroad mobile camps.



Riegsecker, Craycraft, Drozda




     , read first time and referred to Committee on








Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


SENATE RESOLUTION


     MADAM PRESIDENT:

    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION to urge the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division of the Indiana Department of Labor (IOSHA), the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to review the health and safety standards at railroad mobile camps.

     Whereas, mobile camps are temporary facilities set up to house maintenance of way employees who travel throughout the country to perform maintenance and repair work on railroad tracks; and

    Whereas, the Federal Railroad Administration has established guidelines for clean, safe, and sanitary railroad mobile camps in the Code of Federal Regulations at 49 CFR 228, Appendix C; and

    Whereas, due to the temporary nature of the mobile railroad camps, oversight and inspection by federal resources is limited; and


    Whereas, involvement of appropriate state and local agencies would help to address, in a more timely manner, health and safety issues for both the railroad maintenance of way employees and the residents of the communities in the area surrounding the mobile camps: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly encourages the railroad companies, railroad employees and unions to work together to improve the health and safety of the mobile camps housing maintenance of way employees.
    SECTION 2. That the Indiana General Assembly urges ISDH, the IOSHA Division of the Indiana Department of Labor, and IDEM, to the extent allowed by current law, to inspect the mobile camps housing maintenance of way employees in Indiana for compliance with the health and safety guidelines.
    SECTION 3. That the Indiana General Assembly urges these agencies, in conjunction with the FRA, to make recommendations regarding legislative action needed to help promote more timely and effective enforcement of the health and safety guidelines for the mobile camps and to submit a report to the Legislative Council on or before November 1, 2005.
    SECTION 4. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Dr. Judy Monroe, Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health; Miguel Rivera, Sr., Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor; Thomas Easterly, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management; Jeffrey Bainter, Indiana Legislative Director of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees; and Robert Jamison, Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration.