Subject: PIA Update: June 6

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
OSHA compliance is a struggle for companies both large and small. In most printing operations, the compliance duties are divided up among a select few instead of one key individual. In turn, compliance is not a priority, which can cost your organization dearly when the inspector comes knocking.

Regardless of the printing process, reducing or eliminating citation costs is vital. OSHA Ready! provides the roadmap to understanding OSHA, its regulations, and the essential systems you need to have in place to be in compliance. Prepare for the unexpected, become knowledgeable about what applies to your operation, learn what is required by you as an employer--and get OSHA Ready!

What you will learn:
  • How OSHA applies to your operation
  • Common violations among the industry
  • Required written programs
  • Injury reporting
  • Hazard communication
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Medical and first aid
  • Safe equipment operation
  • Electrical safety
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Walking and working surfaces
Who should attend:
  • Company owners
  • Management teams
  • Safety/compliance managers
  • Production managers
$99 PIA Members, $149 Non-members 
Join us June 19-20 in Washington for the Print & Packaging Legislative Summit 2018 to help shape the future of our industry.

Together with your colleagues from across the nation, we will engage in a unique public policy and political education experience that will culminate in face-to-face meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

With ONE voice, we will advocate to:
  • Keep rising postage rates in check
  • Preserve access to paper-based information
  • Bring printing, imaging, and mailing industry employers together with qualified workers
  • Facilitate association health plans (AHPs)
  • Expand global markets for U.S. manufacturers and opposing harmful tariffs
  • Reduce government regulatory costs
NOW is the time to tell your company’s story directly to your elected officials to advance the right solutions. 

When Can You Refuse Service: Defining Protected Class 

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided that a Colorado baker had the right to refuse service to customers based on his sincerely held religious beliefs. The Court very specifically based its decision on the fact that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not fairly and impartially enforce Colorado's anti-discrimination law that bars discrimination against sexual orientation and religion. Because the Court's decision is quite narrow, it does not provide carte blanche permission to refuse service in the name of religious freedom pursuant to the First Amendment. The Court limited the breadth of its decision to occasions when there is a demonstrated failure to remain neutral when weighing civil rights against the free exercise of religion. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Slip Opinion No. 16-111 (U.S.S.C. June 4, 2018).

For printers, the question about whether a company can refuse a customer's business arises most commonly in the context of doing work for controversial customers or on controversial subjects. The first step is to consider whether the customer is in a class protected by the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. These statutes prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and mental or physical disability, and customers who are refused service based on these characteristics could sue and may win a judgment against the printer.

If the customer is not in a protected class, then the printer may refuse service. For example, if the customer wanted the printer to create packaging for a product that had been tested on animals, and the printing company does not want the job due to that practice, the printer can refuse service because companies that use animal testing do not fall within a protected class.

For questions on this issue, please contact Printing Industries of America's Director of Human Relations Adriane Harrison for assistance at 412-259-1707 or

The Evolution of Printing Plate Technology that is Causing a Revolution in How Printers Make Plates
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Have you heard about printers that are reducing costs and streamlining operations by switching to process free plates, but you don't think they would work for your business? In this educational webinar presented by Kodak, you'll learn how a recent innovation in process free plate technology makes it possible for up to 80% of offset printers to now go process free.

What you will learn:
  • The history of the technology behind process free plates
  • The limitations preventing many printers from using process free plates
  • About recent technology innovations that will allow most printers to eliminate plate processing, including very large sheetfed and web printers, and printing all sorts of offset applications from packaging and commercial applications to books and newspapers
  • What this change means for the print industry and individual printers
Who should attend:
  • Business owners
  • Prepress managers
  • Pressroom managers
Webinar Presenter

Tom Enge, US&C Business Development Manager, Offset Print
Eastman Kodak Company
301 Brush Creek, Warrendale, PA 15086, United States
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