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GAWDA Consultants Archive

  • 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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  • GAWDA Safety Committee — Sample Safety Practices

    Many safety-practice documents are readily available to members Your GAWDA Safety Committee meets on a monthly basis via conference calls and face to face annually at the Spring Management Conference. One of the main goals of the committee is to help our membership to reduce accidents in the workplace and protect our customers. Over the [...]

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  • Legal Use of Marijuana

    Considerations for employers Possession and recreational use of some quantity of marijuana is legal in four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington) and the District of Columbia. The use of medical marijuana is legal in 20 additional states. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice has issued guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws [...]

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  • Appropriate Medical Gas Regulations

    The latest developments It has been over 26 years since the FDA issued official guidance for medical gases. Since then, a lot has changed about medical gas compliance. The agency has issued three unofficial series of medical gas documents since the 1989 guidance (Fresh Air, Gas What and the 2003 Draft Guidance). Even these newer documents [...]

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  • Special Permits

    There are two kinds of DOT special permits (SP). There are permits for manufacturing packages that are different from approved specifications. There are also permits that let you do things differently than what is found in the published regulations. On File at Each Location If you have a package that has SP on it, you must have [...]

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  • DOT Tries To Fix Incorporation Of Medical Card Into CDL

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tried for a number of years to incorporate the medical qualification certification for drivers into the Commercial Driver’s License itself. This would mean that the CDL driver would no longer have to keep a copy of the medical “card,” or certificate, on his or her person when operating [...]

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  • The Top 12 Questions You Can Expect During An FDA Inspection

    FDA issues new guidance to inspectors. On March 15, 2015, the FDA implemented a new medical gas inspection guidance document for inspectors called Compliance Program Guidance Manual, Compressed Medical Gases. In addition, the FDA trained state Boards of Pharmacy on how to use this new manual to inspect a medical gas facility. While the FDA’s interpretation [...]

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  • Summer Brings Wave Of Hot Topics

    GHS Labeling Hopefully by the time you read this, you are well on your way to having the new cylinder decals on your cylinders. The deadline was to have all cylinders you fill with the new decals on them as they ship by June 1, 2015. There is nothing in the regulations that requires you to [...]

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  • Risk

    Risk! I don’t have to explain the concept of risk to any of GAWDA’s member company owners; they deal with it everyday because they are in business. What I do need to talk about is how to reduce that risk in the area that I deal with, DOT & Homeland Security. We have conducted consultant seminars [...]

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  • Special Care Needed For Drivers With Sleep Apnea

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a bulletin to medical examiners on its National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners regarding the current commercial driver physical qualifications standard and advisory criteria concerning the respiratory system. Specifically, the bulletin addresses how the requirements apply to drivers that may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The bulletin [...]

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