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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 1, 2015
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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SMC Info
OSHA Update
Member News
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Featured Article

Distributors Look at the Year Ahead with Confidence
New markets, fresh staffing, better efficiencies, customer partnerships and a strong sense of purpose are propelling distributors through many challenges in 2015. Eighty-eight percent of distributors project a sales increase, with the highest overall growth expected to be in the West (+9.7%); the lowest overall growth (+6%) is projected by Distributors in GAWDA’s Southern Region. Read the Full Report in the January issue of Welding & Gases Today.

Suppliers Plan to Invest in their Companies
Suppliers to the gases and welding industry are on solid footing in 2015. For the first time in seven years, none of the suppliers interviewed are projecting a decline in sales. Whether investing in renovated or new facilities, new product development or in personnel, companies are taking advantage of a new, stable economy and investing in their future, all good signs for what is to come in 2015. Read the Full Report in the January issue of Welding & Gases Today.

GAWDA Spring Management Conference

Forget the Snow and Cold. Think SPRING!
GAWDA's Spring Management Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, where today’s temperature is sunny and warm. NOLA, where the beignets are delicious, the music is flowing, the food is calling, and the educational and networking opportunities will be first class. GAWDA members will be getting their beads on at the Spring Management Conference on May 3 through May 5 at the New Orleans Marriott centrally located in the French Quarter. Information about speakers, registration and hotel accommodations can be found here.

Safety & Compliance

Updates to OSHA’s Record Keeping Rule
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904) covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. Revisions to the OSHA reporting requirements went into effect on January 1, 2015. The revised rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA.

Employers are now required to contact OSHA within 24 hours following any in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye. Additionally, employers are now required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within 8 hours following a fatality. Previously, an employer was not required to report a single hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, as only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of 3 or more employees were required to be reported.

OSHA also updated the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records. The new list of exempt industries is based on the North American Industry Classification System and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note that the new rule maintains the exemption for any employer with ten or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records.

The reporting requirement rule was revised to allow OSHA to focus its efforts more effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels, summed up the purpose of the new rule: "OSHA will now receive crucial reports of fatalities and severe work-related injuries and illnesses that will significantly enhance the agency's ability to target our resources to save lives and prevent further injury and illness. This new data will enable the agency to identify the workplaces where workers are at the greatest risk and target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources accordingly."

For more information about the new rule, visit OSHA's website.

Member News

Hawk Technology Acquires Assets of ALM Materials Handling


Tech Air Acquires McGinnis Welding Supply

Evergreen Midwest Co. Named Vendor of the Year


Linde Upgrading Two Air Separation Units

Mathey Dearman Announces New Factory Representatives


Keen Compressed Gas Adds Account Manager

Uniweld Expands Latin America and Caribbean Presence

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February 11 - 12 Regional Meeting Tustin, CA
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