Industry Resources

Best practices, other industry documents

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact business. Engaged in accrediting programs — ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

American National Standards Institute
1819 L Street, NW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20036

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American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

ASSP is the oldest and largest professional safety organization. Its members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.

The American Society of Safety Professionals
1800 E Oakton St
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: 847-699-2929
Fax: 847-768-3434

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American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS’ goal is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.

American Welding Society
550 N.W. LeJeune Road,
Miami, Florida 33126
Phone: 800-443-9353 or 305-443-9353

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ASTM International (ASTM)

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world and is a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Drive,
West Conshohocken,
Pennsylvania, US
Phone: (610) 832-9500
Fax: (610) 832-9555

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Gases and Welding Distributor Association (GAWDA)

The GAWDA mission is to promote the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment and supplies.

GAWDA Headquarters
100 North 20th Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
ph: 215.564.3484
fax: 215.963.9785

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Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC)

The “IWDC” is an Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative which consists of Independent Gas and Welding Businesses located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. IWDC businesses are Independently owned and operated with over 600 retail store locations. IWDC Distributors offer a full line of Gas and Welding Equipment, Supplies and Safety Products.

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Maine International Trade Center (MITC)

The Maine International Trade Center is Maine’s center for international business assistance. Formed in 1996, the Trade Center provides technical assistance and trade counseling, import and export leads, international credit reports, workshops, coordinated trade missions and trade shows, and many other useful services to help Maine companies seeking to succeed in international markets.

Maine International Trade Center
Portland Location
511 Congress Street, Suite 100
Portland, Maine 04101-3428
p: 207.541.7400
f: 207.541.7420

Bangor Location
40 Harlow Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
p: 207.990.3161
f: 207.942.3548

Maine International Trade Center
Lewiston Location

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American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers (AFPM)

AFPM, the American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers , is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing nearly 500 members, including virtually all U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. Our members supply consumers with a wide variety of products used daily in their homes and businesses. These products include gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, lubricants, and the chemicals that serve as “building blocks” for everything from plastics to clothing to medicine to computers and many other products essential to maintaining and improving the nation’s quality of life.

American Fuel & Petroleum Association
1667 K Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, D.C.

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NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work

NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work ThumbnailNFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work, 2019 Edition

Document Scope: 1.1 Scope. 1.1.1* This standard shall cover provisions to prevent loss of life and property from fire or explosion as a result of hot work. 1.1.2 Installation and operation of arc cutting and welding equipment and operation of gas cutting and welding equipment shall be in accordance with ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes.


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Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and incorporated as in independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has approximately 4500 members in the United States and abroad, and 57 regional chapters. The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 620E
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Tel (301) 718-2910
FAX (301) 718-2242

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Visit the NFPA web site for complete guidelines on welding safety, NFPA’s Standard 51B, Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting or Other Hot Work, as well as ordering information for the NFPA video, “Safe Hot Work Operations”

1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, Massachusetts
USA 02169-7471
Tel: +1 617 770-3000

Sales/Member Services
+1 800 344-3555 or
+1 617 770-3000

Fax: +1 617 770-0700
Tel: +1 617 770-3000
Fax: +1 617 770-0700
From Mexico (toll-free) 95-800-844-6058

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The National Insulation Association (NIA)

NIA provides goods and services to its members. Through its Foundation for Education, Training and Industry Advancement Program Committee NIA promotes the benefits of commercial and industrial insulation to outside audiences.

The National Insulation Association
12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 330
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-683-6422
Fax: 703-549-4838

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The National Safety Council (NSC)

The National Safety Council is a charitable, international public service organization dedicated to educating and influencing people to prevent accidental injuries and deaths.
The National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-3201
Phone: (630) 285-1121
Fax: (630) 285-1315

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U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The CSB investigative staff includes chemical and mechanical engineers, industrial safety experts, and other specialists with experience in the private and public sectors.

The agency has a number of safety videos available, presenting findings and recommendations from its accident investigations – including the CSB Video Death in the Oilfield.

Visit the CSB website