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Safety & Security Archive

  • How to Seed a Safety-First Culture

    By Kelly Bladow From the driver’s seat to the dock, and whether you’re a gas producer, hardgoods retailer or product manufacturer, there’s no getting away from the necessity of putting safety first in all aspects of welding supplies and gases distribution industry operations. If you haven’t already established a complete safety program within your company, you [...]

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  • A Huge CGA Knowledge Base is Available

    By Rich Craig The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) and the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) both work to promote safety and safe operations in the welding and gases industry. We do this to ensure we are protecting the public, our employees and our facilities from the inherent hazards of our industry. Every aspect of our [...]

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  • Safety Programs: Investments, Not Costs

    By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq. Sometimes distributors say they cannot afford the cost of a safety compliance program, or they defer sending employees to training programs because of the expense. Some owners do not see safety as necessary to improving the company’s bottom line – saying that if it does not generate revenue or reduce costs, [...]

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  • How Safety-Product Sales Enhance the Bottom Line

    By Charles McChesney Safety equipment is ubiquitous in the gases and welding industry. It is integrated into the operations of every fill plant, every warehouse and in every cylinder and cryogenic vessel. From pressure release valves to high-visibility gauges to tamper-proof fittings, the industry has developed a plethora of equipment to keep workers and customers safer. Personal [...]

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  • GAWDA Resources Make Safety Front And Center

    By Charles McChesney Safety is at the center of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association’s existence. The Association’s mission statement literally puts safety first – “The GAWDA mission is to promote the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment and supplies” – and safety is woven throughout its operations. “You [...]

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  • Safety & Compliance

    MFMCSA Releases Final Rule on ELD and HOS Supporting Documents The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released its final rule on Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents.  80 Fed. Reg. 78291 (December 16, 2015). The final rule mandates that within two years, all drivers of commercial motor vehicles who are subject to the [...]

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  • Distributors Challenged to Reduce Lost Time Injury Rate

    It’s good for your bottom line. As a GAWDA distributor member, you are undoubtedly aware of the benefit included as part of your GAWDA membership that provides your organization with free access to CGA safety publications. This is a huge savings if you need access to safety information. However, if you are like the majority of [...]

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  • Safety & Compliance Updates

    FMCSA Publishes Updated List of Hazmat Routes FMCSA published an updated listing of all designated and restricted road and highway routes for transportation of highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of Class 7 (radioactive) materials and nonradioactive hazardous materials (NRHMs) transportation. 80 Fed. Reg. 23859 (April 29, 2015). The new listing supersedes the prior notice published on [...]

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  • Safety First!

    Resources for safe operations In 2013, GAWDA entered its second year in a partnership with the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) that allows GAWDA distributor members to have free access to CGA electronic publications as well as discounts to CGA’s videos and the CGA Handbook of Compressed Gases. Currently, 73 GAWDA member companies have completed the registration [...]

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  • Incident Sharing Is For Those Who Want To Do Better

    There are many compelling reasons to join the ranks of those companies that are sharing safety incidents. Beginning last year, GAWDA’s Safety Committee rolled out an incident sharing program to help member companies improve safety and reduce the expense and down-time that go hand in hand with many accidents. Through the program, members can share accidents [...]

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