Subject: The Update: January 31

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 Thursday, January 31, 2019
It's hard to believe that the new format for the iLearning Center has been been around for an entire year already, but this week marks the one-year anniversary of its launch! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're once again hosting eLearning Week!

What can you expect?
  • Today at 3pm EST is your last chance to catch a 15-minute live demo of the iLearning Center!
  • Also, this afternoon, our very own Joe Marin, Vice President of Education and Training will be giving a webinar, Learning And The Future Of Work, at 2:00pm EST. 
  • There will be daily prize giveaways. You can enter to win one of 20 great prizes by signing up for our new iLearning Center newsletter. There are still plenty more chances to win!
  • Save 10% off our Improvement Professional in Print or Customer Service Professional in Print Certifications or $50 off your registration to the 2019 President's Conference or 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference with promo code ELEARN.
So what do we have to celebrate?
  • There are more than 1,000 new users in the iLearning Center!
  • We've added 16 new courses as well as access to the PIA webinar archives!
  • There are expanded mobile and offline learning capabilities!
  • Plus team learning options for all companies to develop their skills together!
To learn more about the iLearning Center and how it can help you, visit www.printing.org/ilearning today!
Record cold temps are sweeping through much of the U.S. this week. Meanwhile in Phoenix, today's high will be...74 degrees!

That's shorts and sandals weather, folks. Remember the sun? It misses you!

Today would be the perfect day to sign up for the President's Conference. Treat yourself to a getaway, recharge your mental batteries, and break out of your winter funk. We promise it's not all keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking. You'll have plenty of time to hit the links, hike the breathtaking desert, or catch a few innings of Spring Training ball.

In fact for the next two days, we'll even give you $74 off your registration with promo code POLARVORTEX.

*offer expires Friday, February 1 at 11:59PM EST

Join us at the 2019 President’s Conference, March 3–5, 2019 at the Phoenix Marriott at the Buttes in Phoenix, AZ presented by Printing Industries of America and SGIA.

The President’s Conference is the only conference of its kind specifically created for industry owners, CEOs, leaders, and top-level managers. This year's event features exactly the type of keynotes and breakout topics that leaders and owners are asking for—but that’s only the beginning! In addition to all of the fabulous conference sessions, we’re including a truly unique experience this year! We'll be taking a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities at Runbeck Election Services.


VICTORY! OSHA Injuries and Illnesses Regulation Ruling Announced

Following a controversial and lengthy rulemaking process, OSHA publicly posted its final rule last Friday on “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” 

Below are key provisions that will allay regulatory concerns for printing and packaging companies with 20 or more employees. Specifically, the new rule:
  • Rescinds the original preamble published in 2016 that limited an employer’s ability to post-incident drug test and created barriers to safety incentive programs. OSHA’s final rule published today makes it clear that there is no ban on post-incident drug testing OR incident-based safety incentive programs. In short, the 2016 language causing heartburn for employers has been overridden by the final rule. 
  • Eliminates the need to submit OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) on a yearly basis. Elimination of this requirement helps reduce concerns about employee privacy and data collection (Note: You will still need to keep these forms on site; OSHA may require them on an as-needed basis during inspections or as part of enforcement actions).
  • Also important to note! OSHA will still require submission of Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and, as a reminder, Form 300A data for 2018 is due on March 2, 2019.

PIA, along with allied manufacturing associations, dove headlong into the rule-making process by filing comments that called for implementing the two changes described above. The printing and graphic communications industry is committed to providing safe workplaces, and PIA routinely engages in agency rule making processes on behalf of the industry to ensure a smarter approach to regulations. Today’s posting of OSHA’s final “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” – and the improvements PIA and its allies successfully achieved on your company’s behalf – is an outcome of this mission.

Thank you for your support of PIA’s advocacy programs! Together, we can demonstrate that Print Powers America.

To learn more about Print Powers America and to become a 2019 supporter today, visit www.PrintPowersAmerica.com.

Learn How to Reduce Spoilage and Increase Profits 
with the 2019 Spoilage Report
Is spoilage a problem at your facility? Printing Industry of America released today the findings from its recent investigation into spoilage within the printing industry. Based on survey-collected data, the organization sought a better understanding as to the extent in which spoilage is tracked, calculated, and more importantly, the range and average of spoilage occurring by size and type of company. In addition, PIA examined as to whether low spoilage figures correlate to other company behaviors, such as having standardized processes.

Some of the key findings covered in the report include:
  • How printers measure spoilage or the Key Performance Indicators for spoilage metrics
  • How printers can calculate their own spoilage metrics
  • What exact costs are included in the calculations
  • By using this report, you will learn to track, reduce spoilage, and increase profits!

The downloadable report is available FREE to all Printing Industries of America members as a member benefit or can be purchased for $199 by non-members.
Not a member? Visit www.printing.org/join to learn more!


Learning And The Future Of Work — PART OF 2019 E-LEARNING WEEK!
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:00am to 11:30am EST OR
Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:00pm to 2:30pm EST

There's a changing relationship between learning and working. What we learn today will likely not be relevant in just a few short years. As a result of this trend, employees need support in training opportunities to stay relevant and productive. A trained staff is more productive, happier, and stick around longer. But what's the right formula and more importantly, what is your company's responsibility in all of this? Attend this webinar and learn what "good" looks like when it comes to learning and gain real insights on how you can help your employees take control of their own development. 
Getting Started In CI—Three Metrics You Need To Improve Customer Satisfaction And Operational Effectiveness
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

While there is great interest in continuous improvement (CI) in the printing and graphic arts industry, most small companies struggle to implement lean manufacturing and CI initiatives. In this session we will explore three key metrics that will allow companies of all sizes to simply and effectively get started on their journey towards improved customer satisfaction and operational effectiveness. This webinar is being presented in support of the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference, the only annual industry event focused on helping companies pursue operational excellence with Lean manufacturing and other management approaches.

All Printing Industries of America webinars are FREE to members and $29 to non-members. An archive of previous webinars can be found in the iLearning Center at www.printing.org/webinararchive, To learn more about becoming a member of PIA, visit www.printing.org/join.
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