Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM CDT
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Weldcoa's Precision University - Aurora, IL 
338 E. Sullivan Rd
Aurora, IL 60505

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Tom Badstubner 
AsteRisk, LLC 


Meals not included. We will break for lunch and provide a list of local restaurants. Beverage service throughout the day will be included.


If you are interested in cost-sharing by riding in a car pool, please share your flight information, hotel, and cell phone number with Jodie (

Recommended Hotel

Weldcoa has negotiated and established a flat rate ($109) with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites next to Two Brothers Brewery in Aurora. The address is
111 North Broadway Avenue
Aurora, Illinois  60505

The hotel offers a free Continental Breakfast. The commute is approx. 6-8 minutes and is less than 3 miles from Weldcoa.

Here is the Weldcoa Booking Link  or you can call the hotel directly at 630-896-2800 and mention Weldcoa.  


2017 GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminars

Come join us and hear about NEW material in certified training and sample procedures. This seminar is also featuring new presentations by Weldcoa on the untold story of flexible leads/hoses, the latest in Cylinder Gas Pack safety and the latest technology in pump protection.

Register Today!


Tuesday – (8:00 AM- 5:00 PM): Tom Badstubner (FDA Food/Bev/Drug) 

  • FDA Audit Survival
    • Drug and Food Gas Self-Assessment Tools
    • New rules about containers and closures
    • Food/Bev Gas Compliance Schedule (based on sales volume)
    • "Qualified Facility" status
    • HARPC and Supply-Chain Programs
    • RPVs and cylinder inversion issues
    • Other (allergen, sanitation, registration, training, etc.
  • Latest FDA enforcement trends
    • How to respond to an unreasonable FDA inspection (CGA PS-42)
    • Delaying, Denying, Limiting, or Refusing a Drug Inspection
  • Beverage/Food Gas GMP
  • Training resources

Wednesday – (8:00 AM- 5:00 PM): Mike Dodd (DOT Compliance) 

  • Surviving a DOT audit
    • Suggested DOT Filing System
    • Driver Qualification Files
    • Drug & Alcohol Testing
    • Security Plan Updates
    • Vehicle Maintenance Files
    • Medical card and CDL merger rules

Thursday – (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM): Mike Dodd (DOT) 

  • Driver Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training (Certified Training)
  • Hazmat / Security Awareness / Security In-depth Training (Train-the-trainer and certified training)
  • DOT Compliance Q&A and Discussion

Thursday – (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM): Weldcoa 

Tour of Weldcoa’s Manufacturing Facility

Presentations on the following topics:
The untold story of flexible leads/hoses
o   How effusion works
o   Fluoropolymers options
o   Quality and testing information
o   Additional safety considerations

The latest in Cylinder Gas Pack safety

The latest technology in pump protection
o   Complies with the new NFPA regulations for Nitrous
o   New option(s) for smaller facilities.