Aoril 12, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Say Hello to Native.news!

On April 2nd, we introduced our new newsletter. In case you missed it, in the first issue, we published the following article:
You spoke, we listened. PIASC members have told us that they love the way we help them stay on top of the issues that affect the graphics industry and their businesses— but they’re feeling overwhelmed by the volume of publications we send. To solve this problem PIASC is excited to introduce Native.news, our new biweekly newspaper that combines the information from what used to be four publications into just one.

Native.news will present information categorized into one of nine sections:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Business & Management
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management
  • Government & Legislative
  • Technical & Technology
  • Health
  • National Association News
  • Classifieds

While each issue will not include articles on every one of these topics, this convenient format will make keeping up with important news easier than ever. Why the newspaper-size pages? Because we love print, and wanted to pay homage to the vital role that newspapers have played in print’s history. Plus, sitting down with a cup of coffee and a newspaper has long been one of the simple pleasures in life. Of course, the publication’s title—Native.news—is a print thing, also. When prepress requests files, they usually want the native files, i.e. the working files originally created in the graphics program. These file names all end in “dot something”…ergo “.news”.

Watch for Native.news to arrive in your mailbox every other week, and e-Flash, our digital publication, to arrive in your email inbox on the off weeks. Past issues of both will be archived online at www.piasc.org. Happy reading!
Since this newsletter was mailed, we have received feedback (both pros and cons) regarding this new newsletter. We hope to continue receiving feedback from members, therefore, email us and let us know what you think.
We Deal with the Insurance Company on Your Employees' Behalf!
Most PIASC members take advantage of the group insurance plans available through PIBT (the Printing Industries Benefit Trust). With a choice of over 65 different health care plans from three of the top carriers—Blue Shield, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente—there’s a plan for every budget and need. Options include PPO, HMOs, EEOs and indemnity plans.

Members also appreciate the ability to offer additional voluntary benefits to their employees: dental, vision, chiropractic, life and long-term disability insurance; executive benefit plans; and flexible spending accounts. 

But some of the real magic of the PIBT group insurance program is what happens after your plan is in place, because this is when the Group Health Administrative Services kick in. At absolutely no extra cost, you get:

  • Someone to deal with the insurance company on your employees’ behalf – When an employee is denied coverage for a requested service, give us a call. Instead of having your employee spend hours during their work day trying to get the situation straightened out, let one of our experts go to bat for them. We have direct access to the right people at the insurance companies, and will keep working on the issue until it is resolved.

  • Dedicated in-house customer service staff – From providing on-site orientations and helping your employees better understand their coverage to taking care of all administrative issues (including COBRA administration!), our full-service approach saves you time, money and headaches.
Plus, regardless of how many plans you choose to offer your employees, you get one invoice and one Participation Agreement (per calendar year). What could be more convenient?

Don't have employee benefits with us? Let's get you started with a quote. Contact Evie Banaga 323.728.9500, Ext. 224
Congratulations Label Impressions!
TLMI is proud to announce that five converter member companies have won World Label Awards. The L9 World Label Awards (WLA) competition is judged by an international panel of judges representing each of the participating L9 member associations.
 
The 2017 competition included entries from TLMI (USA), FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), FPLMA (Australia), SALMA (New Zealand), PEIAC (China) and LMAI (India).
 
In order to be considered for entry in this prestigious competition a label converter must have previously won an award in their respective regional association’s competition. Winning an award in the WLA competition is highly valued throughout the worldwide label collective, as this achievement indicates awarded companies truly are ‘the very best of the best.’
 
“Never will a label have been examined in such detail, even by the converter’s QC department. We expect a high standard of printing at this level and we also look for the quality of the design of the label,” comments Tony White, Chairman of the judging panel. “We continue to be surprised by the quality of the entries year after year.”
 
Our very own PIASC Member won one of their prestigious award:
 
Flexo Line/Screen
Label Impressions Inc., USA for “ Deva Curl Buildup Buster

Congratulations!
Learn How to Make T-Shirts! April 28th
Applied Digital Media + Printing invites you to attend their Spring Make ‘n Take Workshop. Each semester, they open the ADM computer lab and the Riverside Community College Printing Graphics Center to high school and continuing education students to make cool stuff.

In their hands-on workshop, they encourage creativity and hope to inspire students by allowing them to practice design skills in their production facility.


Questions? Contact Patrick Scullin at patrick.scullin@rcc.edu.
Attaining 100% Cal/OSHA Compliance in 2018
Cal/OSHA Enforcement is targeting California printers in 2018. To learn how you can avoid fines, which can be up to $25,000 per violation, join us for this in-depth seminar on
Tuesday, May 1st from
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
at our offices in Los Angeles. Owners, general managers, plant managers, and safety managers should attend as Owner/Supervisor liability exposures, plant facility safety issues, and Cal/OSHA required employee safety training will be addressed.

During this seminar, attendees will learn:
  1. Why Cal/OSHA is targeting California printers for enforcement audits.
  2. Potential Owner/Supervisor liabilities.
  3. How to prepare your plant for a successful audit including the safety training documentation that’s required for a good Enforcement visit.
  4. The Key Things the enforcement officers will be auditing.
  • Written Lockout/Tagout procedures
  • Documented Annual Review
  • Machine guarding
  • Full implementation of new GHS Hazard Communications Program.
  • Motorized lift trucks
  • New Walking Working Surfaces rules
  • Electrical panel, fire extinguisher, flammable cabinet, eyewash station, and many more issues.

Member fee is $49/per person. Not a member yet? Non-member fee is $149/ per person.

Our presenter from Assured Compliance Solutions is John Holland. With 23 years of print industry experience with Cal/OSHA, John knows how to help you make your plant safer and successfully prepare for a Cal/OSHA facility audit.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 SGIA Expo: Las Vegas, NV October 18-20
More than 19,000 people attended the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The attendees made their way around the huge trade show floor, visiting nearly 600 exhibitors showcasing the most innovative technologies and products in the printing marketplace.

“The Expo is always exciting, and not just because it’s the largest printing show in North America,” said Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) President and CEO Ford Bowers. “It’s where you go to see and learn about the evolution of the print industry.”

In addition to the technology demos, buying opportunities and product launches, the Expo is also the best venue to participate in workshops and educational sessions.

So save the date for this year's expo. To get notification of when registration opens, CLICK HERE>>
Check out this Video: Throwback to beautiful wallpaper print!
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Luck is great, but most of life is hard work
~Iain Duncan Smith