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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) October 15, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Shutdown Impact
Rule Changes
Member News
Convention Photos
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Weldcoa Gas Packs

Weldcoa Gas Packs have been moving cylinders safely for over 45 years. From the most basic to the most demanding, we have the products that will support you and your customer's needs. Read more...

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See it here…the people mulling over new products and networking with those in the know. Photos from the Annual Convention's Contact Booth Program...

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Held an open house? Hired a new employee? Share your events, employee promotions, new or renovated facilities and other company news with GAWDA members. Submit your news here.

Featured Articles
Sorry We're Closed Government Shutdown Impact on Operations and Business

The federal government shut down all but essential operations on October 1, 2013, after Congress failed to reach an agreement on a budget or a continuing resolution for funding government operations. As a result, most federal agencies have furloughed more than 90% of personnel and suspended most operations. Read what the shutdown means for small business owners...

MAP-21 Rule Changes Have Immediate Impact on GAWDA Members

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published rule changes implementing various provisions that were mandated by statute in MAP-21 as enacted in 2012. (78 Fed. Reg. 60226, 10/1/13). Read about the rule changes of interest to GAWDA members that take effect immediately...

Safety & Compliance

Senate Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation

By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3095, the House bill to require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to address sleep apnea and other sleep disorders with a formal rulemaking rather than guidance. The House has already passed the bill, which now will go to the President's desk for signing into law. The FMCSA has said that it will begin a rulemaking on sleep disorders and driver qualifications. A rulemaking affords the regulated industry an opportunity to file comments, requires the FMCSA to justify the rule on a cost-benefit basis, and provides court review of any final agency action.

PHMSA Issues Final Rule on Resuming Transportation after Opening Packaging

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule amending the package opening provision to include procedures for an enforcement agent to open packages of perishable hazardous materials and to provide notification to the responsible party that an agent has exercised a safety inspection or investigation authority. (78 Fed. Reg. 60755, 10/2/13). In addition, the rule addresses: The means by which non-compliant packages that do not present a hazard are moved to their final destination; appropriate training and equipment for inspectors; and the proper closure of packaging in accordance with the hazardous material regulations.

PHMSA Revises Penalty Guidelines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published revisions to its penalty guidelines for common violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. (78 Fed. Reg. 60726, 10/2/13). For example, the new baseline penalty for filling and offering a cylinder with a Division 2.2 compressed gas when the cylinder is out of test or after its authorized service life is $5,000 to $7,500. For overfilling a cylinder with a Division 2.2 compressed gas, the baseline penalty is $7,500. Failure to check each day the pressure of a cylinder charged with acetylene that is representative of that day's compression, after the cylinder has cooled to a settled temperature, or failure to keep a record of this test for 30 days, has a baseline penalty of $6,200.

Member News

Gary Bertrand Sells The Encompass Gas Group

Air Products' CEO to Retire

Merger Creates Arc3 Gases

GM Promotes New Welding Technologies on New 'Vette

Airgas Reorganizes Southwest Region

Kevin McDougal Named President of Airgas Great Lakes

Pipeline Funding Approved

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