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Welding & Gases Today Includes GAWDA Annual Convention Details 

Whether you are attending Annual Convention in Maui Sept. 25-28 or following the action from home on social media, the fourth quarter edition of Welding & Gases Today has the complete schedule, information on speakers and other pertinent information you need.

This year's annual convention will include important committee meetings and discussions on how distributors and suppliers can best work together. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak on the presidential selection process and there will be a waterfall and rain forest hike organized by Women of Welding and Gases and a snorkeling expedition put together by the Young Professionals.

All that is in the newest edition of Welding & Gases Today. Look for the cover story on training that looks at how GAWDA members use training to attract, improve and retain their work forces as well as educate and build stronger bonds with customers.

Welding & Gases Today is mailed to member companies. Copies will also be available at the Annual Convention. Welding & Gases is also available online here.

Wondering How to Dress for Annual Convention?

Business/Resort Casual is appropriate for all GAWDA functions, including committee meetings, receptions and the gala.

One thing you'll want to be sure to wear is your badge. Your badge is your admission to all GAWDA-sponsored functions, including business sessions, breakfasts, the breakfast workshop, the President's Welcome Reception, the Contact Booth Program and the President's Farewell Gala.

On the subject of how to dress, the President's Welcome Reception and the first part of the President's Farewell Gala will be hosted at Molokini Garden. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Keep the Breakfast Workshop in Your Schedule

We invite you to join us for this free informative Workshop discussion on Tuesday, September 27 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Haleakala Ballroom. Eat early or bring your meal in to the session. Tables will be available.

For more information on breakfast workshop, or any other part of the Annual Convention schedule, click here.

Contact Booth Program Prize Program Available Online

The Annual Convention Contact Booth Program, scheduled for the morning of Sept. 26, will feature a wide variety of suppliers, many of whom are offering prizes to distributor attendees.

To see the list of prizes, click here. Remember, you must be present to win.

Safety and Compliance

PHMSA Proposes Reciprocal Recognition of Canadian Cylinders

As part of the periodic rulemaking to maintain consistency with international standards, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed a number of changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations.  HM-215N, 81 Fed. Reg. 61742 (September 7, 2016).  As part of this rulemaking, PHMSA is proposing several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Specifically, PHMSA is proposing provisions for recognition of Transport Canada (TC) cylinders, equivalency certificates (permit for equivalent level of safety), and inspection and repair of cargo tanks. These changes would be made in conjunction with Transport Canada proposing similar regulatory changes that will provide reciprocal recognition of DOT cylinders and DOT special permits.

The proposal would authorize the filling, requalification, and use of cylinders manufactured in accordance with the Canadian Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations that have a corresponding DOT specification in the HMR. Mutual recognition of cylinder specifications and requalification inspections will mean cylinder users that frequently conduct business that crosses the border will not need to maintain two sets of substantially similar cylinders. 

Additionally, the proposal would allow shipments offered in accordance with an equivalency certificate to transit to their first destination without having to apply for a duplicative special permit from PHMSA.    

Comments on the proposals are due November 7, 2016.

NHTSA, FMCSA Issue Proposal for Speed Limiting Devices on Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have published a joint proposed rule to require devices to limit the speeds of newly manufactured heavy duty vehicles over 26,000 pounds GVW.  81 Fed. Reg. 61942 (September 7, 2016).  

The proposed rule resulted from petitions for rulemaking submitted by the American Trucking Associations and Road Safe America.  The agencies are considering various mandatory top speeds, including 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour, and will entertain other speeds depending on the comments received.

Under the proposed rule, NHTSA would establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that would require each vehicle, as manufactured and sold, to have its device set to a speed not greater than a specified speed and to be equipped with means of reading the vehicle’s current speed setting and the two previous speed settings (including the time and date the settings were changed) through its On-Board Diagnostic connection.  

The FMCSA would establish a new rule to require motor carriers to maintain each CMV over 26,000 lbs. GVW with a speed limiting device meeting the requirements of the proposed FMVSS applicable to the vehicle at the time of manufacture, including the requirement that the device be set to a speed not greater than a specified speed.  Motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce would be required to maintain the speed limiting devices for the service life of the vehicle.

The proposal would not require retrofitting of vehicles manufactured prior to the effective date of any final rule.

PHMSA Seeks Comments on Preemption Meal and Rest Break Rules

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)  is seeking comments on whether federal hazardous materials transportation law preempts the State of California’s regulations that prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to work during any mandatory meal or rest period. 81 Fed. Reg. 60777 (September 2, 2016). The notice was prompted by an application from the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC).

NTTC argues that the California requirements should be preempted because they:

  • Create unnecessary delay for the transportation of hazardous materials;
  • Conflict with the vehicle attendance requirements in the federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR); and,
  • Create an obstacle to accomplishing the security objectives of the HMR.     

Member News

Central Welding Expands Into Oregon With Acquisition

Pferd Holding Manufacturing Day Activities Oct. 7
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Welcome Distributor Member Mid-South Welding Supply of Meridian, Miss.


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GAWDA Media Will be at the Annual Convention

The GAWDA Media team will be at the Annual Convention, covering everything from start to finish. 

If you have a story idea, a question or just want to say "Hi," look for Publisher Bill Brod, Senior Editors Diane Stirling and Charles McChesney, Relationship Manager Tim Hudson and Graphic Designer Robin Turk.

If you'd like to schedule a meeting, please email us here.

Watch for Special Convention Connections 

Watch your email for special editions of the GAWDA Convention Connection each day during the annual convention. 

Each one will contain a schedule for the day and a map for that day's activities, as well as highlights from the previous day.

If you are not able to attend the convention, these special editions are a great way to keep up with what's happening.


GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminar Set for Oct. 18-20

GAWDA consultants Michael Dodd and Thomas Badstubner will be presenting compliance information at Weldcoa in Aurora, Ill., Oct. 18-20.

GAWDA members can participate for one, two or all three days.

For more information, click here.

GAWDA Gives Back Donations Still Being Accepted

Donations to the 2016 Annual Convention GAWDA Gives Back Drive are still being accepted. For more information on this year’s charities and donation forms please visit


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