Subject: PIA Update: April 12

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Thursday, April 12 2018
The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit is the signature government affairs conference hosted annually in our nation’s capital. This collaborative event brings together printers, suppliers, and allied interests for a powerful program of issue advocacy, political education, public affairs discussions, interaction with Members of Congress, and networking events on Capitol Hill. Join your peers as we address our legislators as ONE industry with ONE voice. The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit is co-hosted by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES), Fibre Box Association (FBA), Idealliance, Printing Industries of America (PIA) and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). The Summit will be held in conjunction with National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) annual Manufacturing Summit.

Who Should Attend
Recommended attendees are Presidents/CEOs and other C-Suite executives of printing and graphic communications companies. Executives with responsibility in the areas of environmental/health and safety, human resources, legal, postal, tax, technology, and/or sales are especially encouraged to attend.

What to Expect
The Summit will host legislators, printing and graphic communications professionals, and policy experts for an industry-wide meeting and networking event. In-person grassroots lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill will enable you to take your company and industry story directly to decision makers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

What You Will Learn
  • How hot-button policy issues may impact your company’s bottom line
  • Best practices on how to advocate for your company and the industry before Congress, the Trump Administration, and other decision makers
  • How to promote the positive image of print, packaging, and paper before key Capitol Hill audiences
  • The impact of hotly contested mid-term congressional elections on legislation and public policy of importance to the graphic communications industry
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Entries in each of the 115 categories have a chance to win the coveted Benny —awarded only to the highest-quality projects. Superior projects in each category may also achieve an Award of Recognition or a Certificate of Merit.

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Printing Industries of America Joins How Design Live as Media Partner

Printing Industries of America is pleased to join with HOW Design Live once again as a media partner. HOW Design Live takes place April 30–May 3, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston and features The Dieline Conference and the all-new event for marketers, HOW Marketing Live with the American Marketing Association. Registration for HOW Design Live–the most inspiring, educational and talked-about design event anywhere in the world–is open at

HOW Design Live also released a new white paper for the creative community, The Intersection of Design and Marketing and Printing Industries of America's Vice President of Education and Training, Joe Marin, is among the featured contributors. The free white paper offers advice and tips from some of the top creative minds in design, branding, and marketing. To download the free white paper, visit

Attendees of HOW Design Live include designers of all stripes seeking to refine their expertise, acquire and develop new skills, and have a positive impact on the world through the work they create for their clients, employers, or themselves. The event also attracts creative leaders and team managers, business owners, solopreneurs, agency principals, and communicators and marketing professionals.

Upcoming Webinars - FREE to Members!

How to Manage Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Marijuana has been legalized in several states, primarily for medicinal use but also for recreational use in some states. It is harder and harder to get a clean pre-employment drug test, and random tests frequently reveal drug use. Adriane Harrison will discuss how to approach drug use in the workplace and how to manage legal medical and recreational marijuana use by employees.

Hiring and Onboarding, and Managing Salespeople
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

According to a recent Printing Industries of America survey, onboarding new sales representatives is a key issue for many organizations. How do you make a proper assessment? What are key questions to ask? What do you need to look for while making an effective assessment? Do you have the right support system in place to bring on a new sales rep? You know who you want to hire and what your criteria is--the key is to make sure that their goals are in line with yours!

In this fast-paced webinar, you'll learn what to look for during the hiring process and how to make an assessment to determine whether the prospect is a good fit within your organization. We'll also go beyond the hiring process and provide a solid path for onboarding, training, and establishing the proper support system for success during those critical first few months of employment.

Need To Know: EPA's Updated Hazardous Waste Rule
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

In 2016, the EPA finalized a rule that updated the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations. This rule went into effect in May of last year and all states must adopt the new provisions by July 1, 2018. These changes may affect how your business handles hazardous waste. This webinar will provide an overview of the new rule, what's changing, and how it might affect your business. Additionally, Marci Kinter and Kaitlin Rundle will share some resources you can use to help comply with the new hazardous waste regulations.

Walking and Working Surfaces: Overview
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Any job that requires working from heights involves a certain amount of risk, but with the right safety precautions in place, you can reduce the possibility of serious injuries occurring. Part of keeping your employees safe is knowing what options are available to you and what safety rules you need to follow. OSHA recently updated its Walking-Working Surfaces rule, providing new options for fall protection, training, and inspection requirements. In this session, Marci Kinter and Kaitlin Rundle will provide an overview of the rule changes and discuss resources available to you, including checklists and other compliance resources.

Walking and Working Surfaces: Ladders

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Many operations use ladders to complete daily tasks--including accessing elevated areas for repairs, installing products, or retrieving stock. Using a ladder may seem simple, but when used without proper training, it can actually be dangerous and lead to workplace injuries. According to OSHA, about 20% of workplace fatalities can be attributed to improper ladder use. Knowing how to correctly use a ladder and what safety regulations you should be following is essential to keeping your employees safe. In this session, Gary Jones discusses OSHA requirements for ladders, including use and training requirements. This webinar will also cover compliance resources, including checklists, available to you.

Walking and Working Surfaces: Fall Protection

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
OSHA recently issued a final rule on walking-working surfaces that included new sections regarding the use of personal fall protection systems. Among other changes, employers may now choose from several accepted fall protection systems including guardrails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, and others. The rule also adds new training requirements for employees using personal fall protection systems. In this webinar, Matthew Crownover will provide an overview of the new requirements, compliant fall protection options, and resources available to you.

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