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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 8, 2011
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  DOT Bans Cell Phones
•  Top OSHA Violations
•  Holston Expands In Tennessee
•  Welcome New Members
GAWDAwiki Keeps
You Connected
Where do you go for in-depth information on the equipment, services and practices you use every day? Now you can go to GAWDAwiki, available to all association members. Located at, the website features a comprehensive collection of industry terminology, videos, white papers, spec sheets, news and even a searchable buyers guide. GAWDAwiki is your source for gases and welding information.
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GAWDA wiki 1. Flammable range
2. Instrument air
3. Discontinuity
4. Swing check valve
5. Soapstone
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Safety & Compliance

Medical Gas SOP Modernization

GAWDA is hosting a roundtable on Wednesday, January 4, to review Medical Gas SOPs. Members receive an FDA cGMP Training Certificate for participation in the project. Read more...

Safety Organizer Online Now

The December 2011 Safety & Technology Organizer is available online. Topics include carbon monoxide, web strap inspection and medical gas roundtables.
Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“Do you follow business practices because they are the best practices for your company, or do you do things a certain way because that’s how they’ve always been done?”
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Most Viewed Content — Nov. 15-30

An Incident Shared Is An Injury Spared - By Kelly Bladow
While tightening a web strap on a group of cylinders on a truck, the strap broke. The driver fell and broke a femur, resulting over $100,000 in Workers’ Compensation costs.

Featured Articles
Drivers Face Cell Phone Ban

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new final rule that specifically prohibits interstate truck drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from FMCSA and PHMSA is the latest action by DOT to discourage distracted driving by all operators of commercial motor vehicles. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, for drivers in interstate or intrastate commerce, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license after two or more serious traffic violations. Read more...

Jack of All Trades
Sales Model Put To The Test

Geographical territories have long been the standard for sales models in the gases and welding industry. In a world where product knowledge prevails, some distributors are looking at market segmentation as a way to get ahead. Read more...

OSHA Unveils Top Violations
OSHA Unveils Top Violations

OSHA unveiled its top 10 violations for 2011. Third on the list was hazard communications with 6,538 citations, commonly caused by the lack of a written hazard communication program, training program or MSDS management system. Respiratory protection was fourth on the list with 3,944.

Member News
Kevin Shelly

Air Products Gives Chairman's Award
  Holston Expands in Knoxville

INOXCVA Adds Sales Manager

J.W. Goodliffe & Son Rebrands as Cyberweld

Matheson Plans North Dakota ASU
  Weldstar Dubbed Key Supplier
  Distributors Attend LDA Meeting
Air Products Gives Chairman’s Award
  Air Liquide Expands California ASU
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Upcoming Events
  GAWDA Medical Gas Roundtable  •  January 4, 2012
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 – May 1, 2012
  GAWDA’s 68th Annual Convention  •  September 9-12, 2012
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Save On Membership Dues

Renew your membership dues by December 31 and receive a 25% early-bird discount. If you need any additional information or have any questions regarding your renewal, please send an email to Cecilia Barbier, GAWDA member services coordinator. Read more...

New Members

We are pleased to welcome new distributor member Arco Welding Supply Co. of Malden, MA, and supplier members ALM Materials Handling of Streator, IL, and WEH Technologies of Katy, TX.

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