Third Quarter 2013

C O V E R S T O R Y
Welding & Gases Today Third Quarter 2013 Cover

GAWDA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries
Everything old is new again. Distributors and Suppliers share the challenges and lessons of a long life in the gases and welding business.


MEMBER PROFILEAirweld, Inc.
Butler Gas Products Company
Renovations to an outdated fill plant add new strengths and skills to a regional gas manufacturer and distributor.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Part 1: The Backstory: Got Oxygen?
With roads closed and no power, General Welding Supply Corp. supplied medical oxygen to
nearly every hospital on Long Island for five days during Hurricane Sandy. They had a plan.
By Kristen Lanzano

Part 2: Data Backup: It Wasn’t Raining When Noah Built The Ark
A few simple steps can protect your company’s important data.
By Jim Broughton

Part 3: Insurance: Risk Management
Whether it’s stopping losses from happening or paying for those losses that inevitably will occur, there are ways to have some control.
By William McCloy

TECHNICAL TIP

Purchasing Tungsten Solely On Price
Read the chemical certifications carefully. The tungsten may be out of spec.

MANAGEMENT

Developing Cross-Location Standards
Standard operating procedures across facilities keep everyone working on the same page.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Workplace Wellness Initiatives
In an attempt to reduce the high costs of insurance, companies are discovering the benefits of helping employees get and stay healthy.

BEST PRACTICES

Training For Dollars
Helping your customers utilize the tools in front of you more efficiently and productively makes you a better supplier to them.
By Soumitra Mukherjee and Lei Tang

ANNUAL CONVENTION PREVIEW



Preview the speakers, events and activities at September’s Annual Convention in Orlando.

DEPARTMENTS

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Paying Huge Dividends
By Craig Wood

DIRECTOR’S DESK

The Power Of History And The Direction Of Your Future
By John Ospina

EDITOR’S NOTES

A Summer To Remember
By Carole Jesiolowski

CONSULTANT CORNER
Food And Drug Gas Production
By Thomas L. Badstubner

Changes To Hours Of Service, GHS And Shipping Papers
By Michael Dodd

House, Senate Take Different Approaches To Helium Legislation
By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq.

Welding Fume Multidistrict Litigation Ends
By Michael Degan

Welding & Gases Today is published quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Non-member subscription rate is $195.00 per year. GAWDA members (key contacts and branch locations) receive the magazine as part of their dues. GAWDA members can order additional yearly subscriptions (4 issues) for $40.

Executive Editor – John Ospina Senior Editor – Carole Jesiolowski
Contributing Editors – Natasha AlexisCecilia Barbier
Design – CNY Media Group • Production Editor – Maureen Paige