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Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, A New Fit and Feel, February 2012
"Hand protection continually evolves and improves to meet the needs of a wide array of industries. Now, more than ever, employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with not only the safest and most efficient hand protection, but they also must choose the glove that will increase productivity throughout the workplace." Click here to learn more.




Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Confined Space Attendants: Don't Skimp on Their Lifesaving Skills, December 2011
"The risks of confined space entry can be greatly reduced by following proper protocol and general confined space awareness." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Respiratory Risks, November 2011
“Learn about respiratory hazards, including gas and hazardous particulate contaminants, and how to measure them. Also, find out how to choose a respirator and what lays ahead in respiratory regulations." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, When Sparks Fly: 7 Welding Risks Demand your Attention, April 2011
“Safety in welding is largely based on understanding hazards and awareness of your surroundings. Welding hazards can be roughly broken into seven risk categories" Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Pollution Engineering, EPA Protocol Gas Verification Program: 2011, Jan. 2011
“The EPA published results of a Protocol Gas Verification Program in 2008. Now that the dust has settled, let's take a look at part two three years later." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Pollution Engineering, 10 Steps to Avoid Air Fines, Nov. 2009
“Helpful tips for complying with today's regulations, as well as those on the horizon." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Super Cold Temperature & Compressed Gases,Oct. 2009
“How to handle this hazardous combination."Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




EHS Today, Practice Safety - and Common Sense - When Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders, Sept. 2009
“Almost all accidents involving compressed gases initially result from not following established methods for safe handling and transportation of compressed gas cylinders. A review of safe handling practices." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Pollution Engineering, Clearing The Air, Oct. 2008
“An inside look at the EPA's new protocol gas verification program, and what it means for American Industry." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.




Pollution Engineering, 10 Things to Know About Gas, September 2007
"In the wake of the recent changes to 40 CFR Part 60 test methods, there are many things businesses can do to prevent problems with their calibration gases. Here are ten key tips to help ensure accuracy and stability of protocol gases." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Let Your Employees Breath Easy, August 2007
"Is it time to reevaluate your respiratory protection program? OSHA reports that an estimated five million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


Occupational Health & Safety, How to Buy Welding Safety Equipment, March 2006
"Most welding-related injuries are preventable by following safety procedures. This article provides some practical advice to help owners and managers of welding shops can address safety issues and protect workers." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Terry Byrd.


Institutional Investors, CEO Interview, Blowing Off Steam: Airgas Chairman and CEO Peter McCausland, February 2007 "The ex-lawyer, who built a local gas distribution company into a $3.3 billion operation, discusses his next moves and sounds off on his peers' "ridiculous" paychecks. Peter McCausland took a roundabout path to becoming a public company CEO. As general counsel for the U.S. unit of German industrial gas producer Messer Griesheim Industries in the late 1970s, he often worked on acquisitions. In that capacity he came across a company he thought Messer should buy: small local gas distributor Connecticut Oxygen. His employer balked. Soon after, in June 1981, McCausland left to start his own law practice. Eight months later he had raised enough money to buy Connecticut Oxygen himself."Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


Investor's Business Daily,Gas Supplier Gets A Lift From Infrastructure Construction Boom, December 7, 2006
"For a firm that has bought 350 companies in 25 years, one more acquisition isn’t necessarily a big deal. But a $495 million acquisition is a significant step even for a company like Airgas. In late November, Airgas announced plans to acquire Linde AG’s U.S. bulk gas business." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


Chemical Week,SFO of the Year: Airgas' Roger Millay, August 2, 2006
"Senior financial officers (SFO) play a leading role in M&A, as well as inte-grating newly acquired companies into existing portfolios. Airgas CFO Roger Millay joined the company in 1999 to help organize Airgas into a more streamlined structure, following a rash of deals." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


Occupational Health & Safety, How to Buy Welding Safety Equipment, March 2006
"Most welding-related injuries are preventable by following safety procedures. This article provides some practical advice to help owners and managers of welding shops can address safety issues and protect workers." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Terry Byrd.


Investor's Business Daily, Airgas, Inc.: It Breathes Easier, Thanks to Restructuring", February 22, 2006
"In a world of giant corporations, it's easy to forget that some industries are only now shifting past the mom-and-pop stage. One of these industries is packaged gas. A fifth of this little-known but important market belongs to Airgas."Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article.


American Biotechnology Laboratory, Procurement and Supply of Cell Storage Systems for the Biotechnology Laboratory, December 2005

"Specifying a cell storage system is an important decision for any life sciences laboratory. A poor choice can put valuable research at risk and add costs. This article compares two types of storage systems -- liquid nitrogen (LIN) freezers and mechanical freezers -- to help the reader make more informed choices." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Steve Scheuring and Jim Gordon of Harsco.


Chemical Engineering, Optimizing Your Deliveries of Industrial Gases, October 2005

"At the typical chemical process plant, industrial gases rank relatively low on the list of expenditures. But the complexity of choosing the right grades of gas and the optimal supply modes for all the diverse applications at most plants can create significant headaches for any engineer or plant manager. This article covers the common gases and the modes of supplies."Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by John Sauer and Steve Scheuring.


American Laboratory, Ten Steps to Maintaining Gas Stream Purity, September 2005

"Problems such as elevated baseline noise, ghost peaks, and excessive column bleed are often the result of contaminants introduced by the gas management system, not the cylinder. It can be thought of as drinking clean water through a dirty straw. This article discusses 10 steps to maintaining gas
stream purity, yielding more consistent performance and operating savings." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Frank Kandl.


Utility Automation, Ten Steps to Reduce SF6 Emissions, August 2005

"Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is widely used in the electric utility industry for insulating circuit breakers, substations and switchgear in electric power transmission and distribution. Its introduction in the 1950s allowed for the replacement of flammable oils and the use of more compact electrical equipment, particularly in urban areas. Today, according to the Rand Corporation, the industry uses 80 percent of the SF6 produced worldwide." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Robert Mueller, Business Manager for Process Chemicals.


Bulk Gas Saves Firm $16,000 AnnuallyWelding Design & Fabrication, July 2005
Changing to bulk storage and blending added $16,000 to the bottom line without capital expense and reduced man-hours for Keith Huber Inc. a fabricator with 30 welding stations.Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Ray Homan.


How to Buy Gas Calibration MixesLCGC, July 2005
As a follow-up to "How to Buy Gases," this article provides some answers to questions about gas mixtures, including how to understand tolerances.Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Steve Scheuring and by Daniel Bartel.

Do It Onsite, Fabricating & Metalworking Magazine, March 2005

“Welding robots and fixed automation increase production – which in turn consumes more gas and wire, adds consumable costs and increases the labor spent changing and storing depleted cylinders. Unless these supply chain issues are solved, automation may undercut the very productivity it sought to gain. What’s the answer?” Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Ray Homan and John Sauer, market development managers for industrial gases.



Shift your cylinder gas procurement and usage paradigms, Hydrocarbon Processing, October 2004

"While ranking relatively low on expenditure lists, specialty and packaged gases used in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPS) usually cause the most annoyances and problems. Why would there be more complications with gases than almost any other lab product?” Click here to find out more by accessing an online .pdf file of the article written by Steve Scheuring, Marketing Manager, Specialty Gases."






Laser Cutting? Make it Microbulk, Welding Design & Fabrication, April 2004

"By nature, steel cutters are sharp thinkers. But it was an edgy innovation that enabled Cutting Edge Laser to reduce loss time, and increase its bottom line - with no capital investment." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Ray Homan, Market Development Manager for Industrial Gases.





Airgas Stresses the Basics in 2004, Gases & Welding Distributor, November/December 2003

With annual sales of $1.8 billion and a network of nearly 800 locations, Airgas, Inc. ranks as the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, welding and safety and related products in the U.S. The firm has consistently grown over the last 20 years, making more than 300 acquisitions. Airgas Chairman and CEO Peter McCausland recently consented to an exclusive interview with GWD to provide our readers with his views on the economy, the gases and welding industry, and his firm's overall strategy for 2004. Click here to read an ePrint of this article.



A Stronger Start Yields a Smoother Finish, Welding Design & Fabrication, March 2003"

Ferris Industries, a Munnsville, NY, producer of landscaping equipment, found that a return to the basics, especially with respect to welder training and shielding gas, helped them improve their mower products. Changing their shielding gas improved the cosmetics of the parts, increased wire feed rates, and improved productivity and quality." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article written by Tim Andrecheck, Welding Engineer, Ferris Industries...
Outlook 2003: More Changes, Greater Challenges, Business Finance, December 2002 Cover Story

"Airgas, Inc., the Radnor, Pa.,-based industrial gases distributor with $1.6 billion in fiscal 2002 revenues, has always had strong governance and reporting provisions in place, but 'given the current environment, we felt we needed to review the entire landscape," says Roger Millay, senior vice president and CFO." The article describes how Millay is pumping up his role in governance and disclosure issues.
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Go with the Flow, Practical Welding, November/December 2002

"Welders often select shielding gas -- usually the smallest cost in gas metal arc (GMAW) or gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) based on price alone. This is a classic case of saving pennies and spending dollars. Choosing the right shielding gas greatly influences the major cost factor in welding -- labor time -- and improves welding productivity and quality." Click here to read an on-line PDF of this article by William Cording, Airgas market development manager for process welding. . .

Airgas: Tying Up Deals in Distribution, Chemical Week, July 24, 2002 Cover Story

Airgas Chairman and CEO Peter McCausland has spent 20 years and made more than 300 acquisitions building the company into a $1.8 billion/year industrial gases distributor . . . [more]

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
11/18/01 - Airgas' Prospects Are Reviving As Investors Revalue Its Virtues