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IANA Committee Recommended Practices

These Recommended Practices reflect the consensus of the members of IANA’s Operations and Maintenance and Repair Committees. They are voluntary practices that are designed to assist equipment users and providers, and vehicle/component manufacturers and other industry suppliers, in the design, operation, performance and/or maintenance of intermodal equipment.

Driver’s Inspection Guide to Reduce Wheel End Roll Offs — May 2017

Optimal Driver Turn Definition — Approved May 2017

Road Ready Chassis Study Task Force Final Recommendations — May 2017

Recommended Practices for Intermodal Temperature Protection — September 2016

Recommended Practices for Safety on Intermodal Facilities — May 2016

AAR to ISO Conversion — Approved January 2016

Hazardous Material Placarding Placement Reposition/Removal for Intermodal Containers — September 2015

Chassis Light Theft Avoidance — May 2015

Mapping Chassis Defects from AAR to ISO — Revised April 2014

Recommended Practice for Chassis Stacking Process — October 2013

These Recommended Practices are not exclusive and are offered for general guidance, and do not constitute industry standards or best practices. IANA cannot possibly know, evaluate, or advise the intermodal transportation industry of all conceivable ways in which a practice may be undertaken or of the possible consequences of each such practice. Other practices or methods may be as good, or better, depending upon the particular circumstances involved.

Users of these Recommended Practices must exercise independent judgement and satisfy themselves thoroughly that neither the safety of their employees, agents, or other third parties, nor the safety or usefulness of any products, will be jeopardized by any method selected.

These Recommended Practices are not intended as, and should not be construed as, an endorsement of any particular person, organization, or product.

Industry Tools

Driver Vehicle Reporting Video and Information Card

The Intermodal Chassis Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting Standards Task Force of the Operations Committee was established to educate drivers and gate personnel to accurately and timely report chassis repair damage on DVIRs, which would lead to:

  • Improved quality of equipment provided to draymen
  • Improved turn times at ports, rail yards and container yards
  • Reduced overall equipment repairs
  • Reduced chassis shortages and increased cargo velocity through terminals

The Task Force developed a video, The Truth About DVIRs: The Key to Road Ready Equipment, and an information card, to reinforce the importance of reporting equipment defects, the ease of submitting DVIRs, to debunk some of the “myths” surrounding DVIRs, and to foster cooperation and collaboration among drivers, IEPs, facility operators, gate personnel and other stakeholders.

Both the video and information card were approved by IANA’s Operations Committee in September 2017.

Click the images below to play The Truth About DVIRs and/or download the DVIR, information card.

The Truth About DVIRs: The Key to Road Ready Equipment

Download the discussion guide.

Better Equipment Starts with DVIRs information card

Driver’s Inspection Guide

The Wheel End Task Force has produced a Driver Awareness card to help identify wheel end roll-offs and wheel end separations.

Their document entitled Driver’s Inspection Guide is available for your download. The Guide was designed in two formats. An 8½ x 11 sheet and a trifold. This is not an all-inclusive document, but does focus on the most common and critical indicators for driver awareness. Inspection items were placed in order from the outside of the wheel working inward. It was designed with bullet points to minimize the amount of reading.

Driver’s Inspection Guide 8 X 11
Driver’s Inspection Guide trifold

Standard Industry Safety Rules and Procedures at Intermodal Facilities

The Standard Industry Safety Rules and Procedures at Intermodal Facilities task force was formed to identify initiatives, activities or processes that can influence and reduce the frequency of drayage mishaps on terminals, yards and depots. The Task Force developed the Intermodal Terminal Drayman Safety Handbook, a Recommended Practice to Improve Safety on Intermodal Terminals, for distribution to drayman that serve Intermodal Terminals.

The Task Force has also developed six Recommended Practices to reduce collisions on intermodal terminals. They are detailed on a Safety Pocket Card, suitable to be distributed to the intermodal drayage community.

Both documents were approved by IANA’s Operations Committee in May 2016. Click images below to download.

Intermodal Terminal Drayman Safety Handbook
Intermodal Terminal Safety Pocket Card

This card is expandable to an 11x17 poster. Contact your local printing professionals for assistance.

Inspection videos produced by IANA standing committees.

Intermodal Pre-Trip Inspection

The video below is a recording of the inspection performed by the driver of intermodal equipment. The process is based upon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and illustrates the procedural steps to be followed by a driver prior to taking an intermodal chassis on the road.

Intermodal Roadside Inspection

This video illustrates the procedurals steps followed by law enforcement when conducting a Level 1 roadside inspection as performed in accordance with the North American Standard Inspection procedures developed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

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