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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 1, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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OSHA Violations
Member News
Gettysburg Regional
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Cloud Computing?

Clearly, buyers' habits are changing and changing quickly. And as consumers embrace eCommerce methods, businesses are examining their sales models, incorporating the changes their customers expect. Read more...

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Many end-users recognize the strengths of the independent distributor. Will they pay a higher price for those strengths? The editors of Welding & Gases Today went to their LinkedIn contacts and Twitter followers to find end-users willing to answer questions about their experience purchasing gases and welding equipment. Read what the end-users said.

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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
GAWDA Presence on LinkedIn GAWDA Presence on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the pre-eminent resource for professionals. GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina has created an official GAWDA presence on LinkedIn, and will manage content and activity. He invites you to join the Gases and Welding Distributors Association on LinkedIn here.

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2013

OSHA listed the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2013. Most carried over from the 2012 list, with some rising higher and others falling. Fall Protection repeated as the #1 violation as did HazCom violations at #2. OSHA has put a lot of attention on HazCom since it revised the standard in 2012 to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS). See the full list of the Most Cited Violations of 2013.

Customer Service, Schmustomer Service

The call to our industry is simple. If you're not meaningfully unique, you're going to be extinct. General Air Service and Supply's Brad Armstrong says that the phrase most-often abused in our industry is "value-added." In an article in the current issue of Welding & Gases Today, he writes that "value-added" is overused and under-delivered, and shares some proven ways to get your customers to say "Wow!" after working with you. Read it here.

Safety & Compliance

OSHA Says Rules Are Dangerously Out of Date

Federal limits on the amount of hazardous chemicals that workers can be exposed to are decades out of date, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says, and workers across the country could be at risk even if their employers are following the rules. David Michaels said that it has become nearly impossible for the agency to update its chemical safety regulations, so it is urging companies to take action on their own. The agency's rules on what workers can be exposed to "are dangerously out of date, dating from the 1970s or even earlier, and do not adequately protect workers," he told reporters.

"The complexity of OSHA's current rulemaking process makes it extremely difficult for us to update our chemical safety standards and issue new standards in a reasonable period of time. We recognize this and are developing new ways to approach the problem of workplace exposure to hazardous substances," he added. Michaels cited a 2012 Government Accountability Office report that concluded that OSHA "faces a number of challenges in setting these standards promptly and efficiently."

The report found that "increased procedural requirements, shifting priorities and a rigorous standard of judicial review" were some of the hurdles facing OSHA's chemical safety efforts, and reported that it takes an average of more than seven years for it to develop and finalize exposure limits on each of the chemicals it regulates.

Because it would take years for the agency to update its rules, Michaels on Thursday unveiled new online tools to encourage companies to substitute safer chemicals for hazardous ones. The agency is also providing a guide to chemical safety limits used in California, which has more stringent chemical laws than the nation as a whole, as well as recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and a private nonprofit group.

Member News
Mercer Ronkonkoma building

Mercer Abrasives Moves into New Corporate Headquarters


Ron Weldon Named AIWD Executive Director


Air Products Wins Canada Hydrogen Supply Contract


'Destination Welding Program' Opens at New Hampshire Community College

Eva Martin

ArcOne Adds Manager


Airgas Announces Earnings and 2014 Expectations

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News from GAWDA
Gettysburg Rounds Out Successful Regional Meeting Year

Parking lot BBQ107 people, including 27 distributors, attended the GAWDA Regional meeting in Gettysburg, PA. The meeting opened with a parking lot BBQ with live band and games. Matheson's Don Busch spoke about the effect of globally harmonized systems on distributors; Paul Endress from Maximum Advantages presented "Questions are the Answer." And the much-anticipated visit from President Abe Lincoln, who spoke about effectively tapping into the strength of his generals, was a highlight. 79 golfers participated in the golf tournament. The meeting generated $7,000 for GAWDA Gives Back.

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