GAWDA Consultants Archive

DOT & Security

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Important Cylinder Labeling Announcement

    Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.1200) brought the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). These GHS changes require our cylinder decals to be revised by June 1, 2015. The Compressed Gas Association has just published the [...]

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  • DOT Filing System

    Members have asked me how they should keep their DOT files. DOT allows you to keep them in just about any fashion that you wish, provided the driver qualification and the drug and alcohol files are kept secure with authorized access only. Here is a suggested method that I have put together for members in [...]

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  • Cylinder Decal Changes Coming

    The precautionary statements found on our cylinder decals are being updated to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements. The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The Compressed Gas Association will be publishing a [...]

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  • FMCSA Issues Relief On Short-Haul Exemption From 30-Minute Break Rule

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued guidance that offers relief from one of the unintended consequences of the short-haul driver exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the driver hours of service regulations. 78 Fed. Reg. 76757 (December 19, 2013). The guidance, set out below, addresses the scenario where a CMV driver who is [...]

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  • Changes To Hours Of Service, GHS And Shipping Papers

    GAWDA CONSULTANT CORNER DOT, SECURITY, OSHA & EPA I want to cover several topics in this article on things coming up and some things that are already in effect but may have been missed by some of our members. Hours of Service Changes Effective July 1, 2013 The 34 hour restart provisions will require two periods between 1 [...]

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  • DOT Training Requirements

    I have written several articles and Traffic Bulletins on training and there is good reason. It consistently ranks as the number one inquiry from members and it continues to be one of the most cited issues by DOT inspectors who visit our members. I want to touch on the high points of the main training [...]

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  • DOT Advisory Committee Considers Changes To CSA

    The Department Of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) has established a new subcommittee to consider changes to the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program for commercial trucks and buses. The subcommittee is tasked with developing suggestions on how the CSA Program could be more effective as a tool for identifying unsafe companies. The MSCAC [...]

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  • Service Trucks

    Do service vehicle operators need to have all the items that their regular drivers need? By Michael Dodd

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  • CSA Changes Affect All GAWDA Members

    DOT's broader Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative impacts delivery vehicles. By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq.

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  • SP-14175, The 10-Year Retest On Clusters

    A special permit allows certain cylinders in bundles to go 10 years on requalification. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Hours Of Service Rule Changes

    FMCSA issued a final rule amending the driver hours of service regulations. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Four Cylinder Filling Tips

    Four cylinder filling tips to reduce the chances of fatality or serious injury to employees and customers. By Michael Dodd

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  • Propane Cylinder Fire

    A recent lawsuit arose from the death of man who was injured when propane leaking from a cylinder ignited. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Safety Management System

    Have you looked at your DOT record or score lately? By Michael Dodd.

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  • Special Permits, Enforcement Top DOT Agenda

    Two recent final rules from DOT may affect GAWDA distributor operations. By Richard P. Schweitzer.

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  • DOT Audits

    The most frequently cited DOT violations related to the gases and welding industry. By Michael Dodd

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  • Hours of Service Proposal Hits Drivers

    FMCSA's new drivers' hours of service proposal would require distributors to reconfigure their dispatch and driver management protocols. By Richard P. Schweitzer

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  • DOT Filing System

    The filing system for driver qualification and drug and alcohol files will make sure you’re ready during a DOT inspection. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Gases and welding employees involved in interstate commerce must be part of a random drug and alcohol testing program. By Mike Dodd

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  • PHMSA Publishes Final Rule Limiting Security Plans

    PHMSA's new hazmat security plan benefits gases and welding distributors. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Would You Be Ready For A DOT Audit?

    Gases and Welding Distributors Association consultant Mike Dodd discusses how to prepare for and handle a Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection. By Mike Dodd.

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  • FMCSA Answers Your Driver Questions

    Bill Quade of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Department of Transportation) answers questions submitted by gases and welding distributors association members.

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  • Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010

    American Trucking Associations director of safety talks about ways to make gas cylinders and welding equipment trucks safer, and what FMSCA looks for. By David L. Potts

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  • DOT Regulations Come Under Scrutiny

    The DOT’s PHMSA is Under Congressional Scrutiny for being too close to the industry it regulates. By Richard Schweitzer

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  • DOT Training Requirements

    Important gases and welding issues regarding DOT, hazmat, cylinder filling, cylinder requalification, CDL, and more. By Mike Dodd

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  • Cylinder Requalification

    GAWDA's Department of Transportation, OSHA & EPA Consultant presents issues related to gas cylinders and requalification of compressed gas cylinders.

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  • Annual Driver Review

    Hazmat drivers are subject to annual reviews from DOT. Inspectors check hazmat cylinder requalification and cylinder filling operations. By Michael Dodd

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  • DOT Filing System

    Companies identified by the Department of Homeland Security as high risk must submit a Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA); Department of Transportation (DOT) audits are on the increase. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Audits And CFATS

    Companies identified by the Department of Homeland Security as high risk must submit a Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA); Department of Transportation (DOT) audits are on the increase. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Items To Consider

    Shipping paper information must be kept current; DOT special permit allows certain cylinders to go 10 years on requalification; Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards update. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    An in depth look at how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Appendix A effects gases and welding distributors. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT And Security Regulations On The Horizon

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) is exploring a number of new security regulations for 2008. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Audits Are Increasing

    There is a definite increase in the number of Department of Transportation (DOT) audits in late 2007. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT & Security Risk

    GAWDA offers programs to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance . By Michael Dodd.

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  • Do Your Drivers Have Second Jobs?

    DOT holds motor carrier responsible for all hours worked by the driver, whether it is at your business or any other job they may work. By Michael Dodd

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  • Security Plan Audits

    Department of Transportation (DOT) audits and penalties for 2006. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Security And Hazmat Endorsements

    The number one penalty being issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) is for the hazmat security program. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Prepare For The Dreaded Call

    There have been several new items from DOT for 2005 that are now in effect. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Entry Level Driver Training

    FMCSA rule requiring training for entry-level drivers. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Training Requirements

    DOT's main training topics are hazmat, driver, and drug and alcohol training. By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Security Visits

    Department of Transportation (DOT) Security Reviews. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Technology And Trucking

    Communications technology in the welding and gases industry. Technology and Trucking. By Michael Dodd.

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  • FMCSA Insurance Requirements

    The amount of liability insurance required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Security Training

    Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) 2003 rule on security requirements for shippers and carriers of hazardous materials. Security Training. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Will You Be Ready For A DOT Audit?

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to increases audits. Will You Be Ready For A DOT Audit? By Michael Dodd.

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  • DOT Drug and Alcohol Regulations

    Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol regulations prevent accidents and injuries from misuse of alcohol and other drugs by drivers of commercial vehicles. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Driving Commercial Motor Vehicles

    Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol regulations prevent accidents and injuries from misuse of alcohol and other drugs by drivers of commercial vehicles. By Michael Dodd.

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FDA & Medical Gases

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Response to Medical Gas Legislative Action

    We learned of a new Michigan law which went into effect September 30, 2014 that established additional safeguards relative to the practice of drug compounding. The law was in response to several instances where tainted drugs from compounding pharmacies were found and, in one case, led to a nationwide outbreak of meningitis. Although the law [...]

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  • When Can I Sell Medical Oxygen?

    On its face, this seems like a simple question. However, there are some interesting exceptions and conditions for selling medical oxygen. Below are the answers to seven questions about the sale of medical oxygen. Can I sell medical oxygen to a patient with a prescription? Yes, if a patient presents you with a valid prescription, and if [...]

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  • The Latest Medical Gas USP Monographs

    Since 2009, the Unites States Pharmacopeia (USP) has proposed revisions to the medical gas monographs. GAWDA and the Compressed Gas Association’s Medical Gas Committees have supported the efforts to modernize the antiquated and hazardous wet-chemical test procedures. After a proposed new test procedure is developed and validated, the formal USP monograph revision process involves multiple comments [...]

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  • The Business Owner’s FDA Checklist

    Eight quick action items to prepare for an investigation Most FDA inspections are fairly routine, and while we are occasionally surprised by the agency’s actions, most FDA investigators follow a predictable script. Knowing this, you can be prepared for the inspection. Your next FDA inspection will be more successful when you are prepared. Of course, we recommend [...]

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  • Handling Extreme FDA Inspections

    The FDA regularly inspects GAWDA members for compliance with food, drug and device regulations. Most of these inspections are routine and reasonable. However, there are a few inspections each year that become very difficult…even adversarial. In the past year, these difficult inspections have occurred at GAWDA members with exemplary compliance programs. For example: In one case, the [...]

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  • Food And Drug Gas Production

    GAWDA CONSULTANT CORNER FDA & MEDICAL GASES There have been some recent FDA inspections with violations of cleanliness standards. This article highlights things you can reasonably implement to avoid compliance problems with cleanliness. Cylinder/Container Cleanliness (21 CFR 211.94) Current Good Manufacturing Practices specify that the container (cylinder) must be cleaned before use. The intent of this [...]

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  • Food Gases

    In recent years, the FDA’s understanding and our understanding of food gases have evolved. This article surveys the major food gas issues for today and recommends practical ways to stay ahead of the changing enforcement activities in the future. What Are Food Gases? Gases that come into contact with food and beverages are “food gases.” This [...]

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  • The Medical Gas Safety Act

    New law accomplishes several major goals for the medical gas industry. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • FDA Gets Aggressive With Inspections

    6 need-to-know compliance issues for food gases and medical gases.

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  • Medical Gas Legislative Update

    Medical Gas Safety Act holds promise for approval of medical gases. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Medical Gas Training For Drivers

    FDA has renewed its enforcement of cGMP training

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  • Recent FDA Enforcement Activities

    GAWDA members are beginning to see increased inspection activity—and severity. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Five Essential Tools For FDA Compliance

    The FDA has made available tools which you can use to stay up-to-date with the agency’s actions in our industry. Below are five informational tools that will help you prepare for the next inspection. By Thomas L. Badstubner.

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  • Improve Your FDA Compliance

    The best way to improve your FDA compliance is effective training. By Thomas L. Badstubner.

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  • Proactive FDA Inspection Preparation

    Questions to prepare distributors for an FDA inspection. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Medical Gases…The Sky Is Not Falling

    There are several medical gas initiatives being planned by the FDA, Congress and USP. This article lists the major issues and their likely impact on the industry. By Thomas L. Badstubner.

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  • The FDA Investigator Is At The Door

    Recently there has been in increasing number of FDA audits involving gases and welding distributors. GAWDA members must be prepared for such an occurrence. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Medical Gas Expiration Dates

    FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice determines medical gas expiration dating standards. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • What Is My FDA Compliance Exposure If Fire Departments Fill Medical Oxygen?

    Gases and Welding Distributors Association medical gas consultant offers strategies for complying with FDA regulations when filling medical oxygen cylinders. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Alternate Cylinder Fill Technologies

    There are many new technologies available for filling high pressure medical gas cylinders. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Cylinder Procedures

    GAWDA's FDA & Medical Gases Consultant describes best practices for storing, filling and inspecting cylinders for industrial, specialty, medical and compressed gases.

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  • Is Air A Medical Or Industrial Gas?

    Air can be used as both a medical gas and an industrial gas. Production is regulated by the FDA and OSHA depending on its medical or industrial uses. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Nitrogen

    Tom Badstubner explains if nitrogen is classified as a drug, device or industrial product depending on the situation. By Thomas L. Badstubner

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  • Top Five FDA Violations

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues inspections of medical gas companies. Here are the top five FDA violations and what a company can do to comply. By Thomas L. Badstubner.

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  • E-Pedigree

    E-Pedigree. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • FDA’s Focus On Segregation

    Food and Drug Administration inspections of cylinder fill plants focus in on segregation practices. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Mine Rescue Gases

    The Food and Drug Administration allows oxygen cylinders to be used for mine safety chambers, but GAWDA wants clarification. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Color Coding For Medical Cylinders

    Color Coding For Medical Cylinders. By J. Robert Yeoman

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  • Hyperbaric Chambers

    There are many Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing medical gas applications in hyperbaric chambers. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Qualifying Fill Systems For Medical Service

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Gas Guidance document requirements will influence the medical gases industry. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Plumbing Contractors • Oxygen Bars

    Is it legal for medical gas suppliers to sell Nitrogen NF to plumbing contractors, and how does FDA continue to let oxygen bars stay in business? By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Medical Gas Testing Procedures

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concentrating its medical gas enforcement activity on medical gas testing procedures and documentation. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Is An FDA Crackdown Coming?

    Pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to step up enforcement may impact the medical gases industry. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Preparing Medical Containers

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the practice of medical gas cylinder reuse. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Pharmacy Board Proposes Distributor Verification And Accreditation

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the practice of medical gas cylinder reuse. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Risk Assessment 101

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supports the pharmaceutical industry's transition to risk-based compliance programs. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Requirements For Holding And Distributing Medical Gas Products

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supports the pharmaceutical industry's transition to risk-based compliance programs. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • FDA Urban Legends

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will likely never require installation of dedicated medical tanks and equipment by medical gas companies; hospitals (but not EMS and fire companies) are exempt from cGMP requirements. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Quality Systems For Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) document outlines comprehensive "Quality Systems" approach to drug manufacturing operations. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Quality Audits

    Once Food and Drug Administration (FDA) releases new medical gas guidance document, industry can expect increase in inspection activity. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Medical Gas Cylinder Filling Requirements For EMS

    Trend growing in the medical gases business for emergency medical services to refill town Oxygen USP cylinders. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Qualifying Items For Medical Gas Service

    The biggest difference between oxygen-clean components and those qualified for medical gas service is the "paperwork pedigree." By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • FDA Addresses Part 11

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simplifies part 11 requirements for electronic records and signatures for medical gas producers. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • Industrial Customers Requesting Medical Gases

    Distributing medical gases to unauthorized customers may put a distributor in violation of federal law. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • 21st Century cGMP Inspections

    Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Pharmaceutical cGMPs for the 21st Century: A Risk-Based Approach." By J. Robert Yeoman.

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  • FDA Medical Gas Guidelines

    Early in 2003, FDA is expected to publish for public comment its long anticipated updated FDA Medical Gas Guidelines, this will be the first formal update since they were originally published in 1989. By J. Robert Yeoman.

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Government Affairs & Human Resources

Lean Operations

  • Why Do Lean At All?

    Lean operations can be beneficial in difficult economic times. Gases and welding distributors are wise to implement these lean operations. By Tap Resources

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  • What Is Lean Thinking Anyway?

    A description of the concept of lean thinking and ho it applies to focusing and measuring performance, removing waste, increasing customer service, smoothing process flows, and doing only those activities that add customer value. By Tap Resources

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  • Achieve Operational Excellence

    Operational excellence means doing things effectively across a company's operation - across the entire supply chain - to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. By Paul Matlock.

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OSHA & EPA

  • 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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  • 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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  • Important Cylinder Labeling Announcement

    Revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.1200) brought the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). These GHS changes require our cylinder decals to be revised by June 1, 2015. The Compressed Gas Association has just published the [...]

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  • DOT Filing System

    Members have asked me how they should keep their DOT files. DOT allows you to keep them in just about any fashion that you wish, provided the driver qualification and the drug and alcohol files are kept secure with authorized access only. Here is a suggested method that I have put together for members in [...]

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  • Cylinder Decal Changes Coming

    The precautionary statements found on our cylinder decals are being updated to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements. The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The Compressed Gas Association will be publishing a [...]

    Read More.

  • FMCSA Issues Relief On Short-Haul Exemption From 30-Minute Break Rule

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued guidance that offers relief from one of the unintended consequences of the short-haul driver exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the driver hours of service regulations. 78 Fed. Reg. 76757 (December 19, 2013). The guidance, set out below, addresses the scenario where a CMV driver who is [...]

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  • DOT Training Requirements

    I have written several articles and Traffic Bulletins on training and there is good reason. It consistently ranks as the number one inquiry from members and it continues to be one of the most cited issues by DOT inspectors who visit our members. I want to touch on the high points of the main training [...]

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  • Propane Cylinder Fire

    A recent lawsuit arose from the death of man who was injured when propane leaking from a cylinder ignited. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Gases and welding employees involved in interstate commerce must be part of a random drug and alcohol testing program. By Mike Dodd

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  • Cylinder Requalification

    GAWDA's Department of Transportation, OSHA & EPA Consultant presents issues related to gas cylinders and requalification of compressed gas cylinders.

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  • Drug-Free Workplace

    The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires contractors and grantees of federal agencies to certify that they will provide a drug-free workplace. By Michael Dodd.

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  • Do You Need A Written Emergency Action Plan?

    If your welding and gases company has 11 or more employees at any given facility, OSHA requires a written Emergency Action Plan. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Reporting Work-Related Injuries And Illnesses

    OSHA requires that welding and gases distributors establish a procedure for the reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • What’s Up With OSHA?

    What’s Up With OSHA? By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • OSHA 300 Series Recordkeeping

    OSHA 300 series requirements for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Automated External Defibrillators

    According to OSHA, about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrest cases occur in the workplace each year. Automated External Defibrillators significantly affect the survival rate of cardiac arrest cases. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • First Aid Requirements

    Are you meeting your OSHA legal and moral obligations to ensure your employees have access to prompt medical attention either by first aid or full medical treatment? By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Globally Harmonized System For Hazard Communication

    The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Hazard Communication was first introduced to our gases and welding membership at the GAWDA University Compliance Training in Indianapolis in spring 2006. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • A Review Of Some Key Safety Issues

    Five issues that apply to the welding and gases industry with significant impact on safety performance. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • A Defense For OSHA Citations

    Protecting yourself from OSHA citations. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Forklift Safety

    OSHA requirements for forklift operator safety training. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Safety In The Home

    Lost productivity, absenteeism, and healthcare are impacted by home-related injuries. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Ergonomics

    OSHA's comprehensive approach to ergonomics is designed to quickly and effectively reduce ergonomic injuries in the workplace. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Lockout/Tagout

    OSHA requires gases and welding distributors to develop, implement and enforce an energy control Lockout/Tagout program. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

    OSHA requires gases and welding distributors to develop, implement and enforce an energy control program. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Keeping A Positive Safety Culture

    Overview of the need for a positive, accident-free, safety culture in the welding and gases industry. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Weak Seat Belt Enforcement Leads To More Deaths

    Each employee who drives a vehicle, car or truck must be measured and held accountable to ensure he/she is wearing a seat belt and that every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Hand And Finger Injuries

    GAWDA's Safety Committee recommendations to reduce hand and finger injuries. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Managing Your Workers’ Compensation Costs

    It's important to manage Workers' Compensation costs just as you manage all costs of doing business. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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  • Employee Risk Taking

    Understanding risk, and how people respond to risk, can enhance your safety program. By Thomas W. Eynon.

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Welding Fume Litigation