GAWDA Consultants Archive

  • Jan. 15th Supplier Connections

    Supplier Connections What’s ‘hot’? What have they got? Check out these suggestions for new products and services that can help you get a leg up on business in the New Year. What’s hot for 2018’s marketplace? What new things have suppliers and manufacturers got on hand to help gases and welding supplies distributors make money or save money [...]

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  • Consultant Corner

    TSA Eyes Hazmat Shipment Tracking. By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq. Like a bad penny, sometimes a bad idea comes back for reconsideration in Washington. In the early 1990s, Congressman Douglas Applegate of Ohio proposed legislation to create a centralized computer database to house information on all shipments of hazardous materials by truck. His idea was for every [...]

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  • Liquid Nitrogen for Cryotherapy Medical Gas?

    By Thomas L. Badstubner Cryotherapy saunas are becoming more popular. GAWDA members and major gas companies are providing liquid nitrogen to cryotherapy saunas. Since this application is relatively new in the United States, there are some unexpected regulatory issues for suppliers of liquid nitrogen. Here are a series of questions and answers that will provide a [...]

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  • Which Ways Are the Shifting Political Winds Blowing?

    Experts’ Insights About the New Administration By Diane Stirling How will the actions and decisions of a Donald Trump administration affect the welding and gases distribution industry? What initiatives will the new president launch that could change the business climate for GAWDA distributors and suppliers? What’s in store for trade policies, regulatory issues, health care insurance and [...]

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  • How to Know and Abide By DOT Drug and Alcohol Rules

    By Michael Dodd U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulations, and how they apply to our GAWDA members, can be one of the more difficult areas of regulatory issues to understand. There are two main sections in the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that discuss the drug and alcohol regulations: 49 CFR, Parts 40 and [...]

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  • DOT Issues Final Rule on Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

    By Richard P. Schweitzer, PLLC The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has finally published its long-awaited final rule to establish an online clearinghouse of data for CDL drivers who test positive for drug or alcohol use in violation of DOT requirements or who refuse to submit to a DOT drug or alcohol test. The rule [...]

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  • Preventing Medical Gas Mix-ups

    Save lives with four simple steps Since 2000, there have been no fatal incidents involving medical gas mix-ups resulting from incorrectly connected cryogenic medical gas containers. However, in the previous 17 years, 12 people died and many more were injured as a result of medical gas mix-ups. This result is due, in large part, to the highly [...]

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  • DOT Prohibits Coercion of Drivers

    Gawda Members May Be Subject to this Coercion Rule as a Carrier, Shipper or Customer of Freight The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a final rule prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in violation of certain provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations [...]

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  • DOT Proposes New Safety Fitness Standards

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has stated that its proposed rule to revise its Safety Fitness Determination procedures for motor carriers (which includes all GAWDA members operating truck fleets) would allow the agency to assess approximately 75,000 carriers a month. By comparison, the FMCSA states it is currently able to investigate only 15,000 [...]

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  • The Two Critical Questions For Your Food Compliance

    Is my business a ‘Qualified Facility’? The new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food regulations are now in place (21 CFR Part 117). Though many of the new requirements are similar to the old regulations, the emphasis is now on having a Food Safety Management System rather than a checklist of activities to assure compliance. “Food [...]

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