Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM CDT
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 3:30 PM CDT

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Weldcoa's Innovation Center 
338 East Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60505

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Tom Badstubner 
AsteRisk, LLC 



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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.  


2019 GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminars

News - New Speakers and New Location - See Below

News as of 10/9/2019: The Weldcoa Innovation Center is now open and we have moved the meeting to their new conference room. The site is across the street from Weldcoa's main factory at 338 Sullivan Road. 

 We have added 2 guest speakers to our Thursday morning line up. Rick Schweitzer, our GAWDA legal counsel, DOT and Regulatory Affairs watch-dog, and our human resources consultant. Rick will be presenting a live video update on several DOT items that are scheduled to become effective after the first of the year. One will be the Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol testing and the other will be the new driver entry program along with other items. He will be able to field questions during the video call. Marilyn Dempsey, currently the compliance officer for Techair and in the industry for the past 29 years and in the compliance areas for the past 23 years, will be doing a presentation on building an effective safety culture along with other safety topics.

Come join us to get the latest certified DOT Function Specific Training and FDA Food/Drug CGMP Training. Weldcoa will present their new Fill Plant Operations Training including a Tour of Weldcoa’s newly updated facilities including the first of its kind Weldcoa Innovation Center.

Register today!


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

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice Training (Train the trainer) for: 
    • Recent regulatory and audit initiatives
    • Food Gases (21 CFR 117) 
    • Drug Gases (21 CFR 111) 
    • Food Safety Plan (FSP)
      • FSP Resources
      • FSP Builder template 
    • Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) and Supply-Chain Program 
      • Exemptions and alternatives 
      • Sample procedures/templates 
  • Cylinder filling and CGA/ISBT Guidelines  
    • Tare Weights
    • Inversion and alternatives
    • RPV valves 
    • Evacuation

Wednesday – (8:00 AM- 5:00 PM): DOT Function Specific Training (Mike Dodd)
These topics will have training, tests, and certifications good for 3 years. 

  • LPG Visual Inspection
  • HP Cylinder / Liquid Container / Carbon Dioxide Cylinder Filling

Thursday – (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM): Mike Dodd, Rick Schweitzer & Marilyn Dempsey 

  • HP Cylinder / Liquid Container / Carbon Dioxide Cylinder Filling continued
  • Question and answer period on DOT issues
  • Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and other new regulations
  • Building an effective safety culture - Eight Critical Elements

Thursday – (1:00 PM- 3:30 PM): Weldcoa 

  • Catered Lunch at Weldcoa
  • Presentation on our new Fill Plant Operations Training
  • A Tour of Weldcoa’s newly updated facilities including the first of its kind Weldcoa Innovation Center