The eLoupe News – March 3, 2020

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Two New Graduates from the Printing Industry Essentials Training Class

Printing Industry Essentials, our regions 1st print-specific pre-employment training program, celebrated its most recent training completion on February 24th, at Avivo’s Training Facility in Minneapolis.This training course is funded by a Minneapolis Pathways Grant and was awarded to PIM’s community partners Avivo & Goodwill/EasterSeals. This grant assists Minneapolis Residences in finding paths leading to the print industry.

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DEED Announces an Automation Training Incentive Pilot Program Grant

The Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED) has announced an Automation Training Incentive Pilot Program Grant. Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) Members there is an interesting grant that Minnesota Printers could take advantage of if interested. Grants of up to $25,000 is available, for businesses of 100 employees or less. Details on the Pilot Program Grant.

OSHA Update 2020

FYI, there is an exemption from OSHA programmed safety inspections if: 

  1. You have less than 11 employees, and
  2. You are a commercial printer (litho, screen, digital or flexo).

However, you are not exempt from OSHA inspections because of fatalities, hospitalizations of 2 or more employees or employee complaints.  Also, if you are a book printer you are not exempt.

If OSHA knocks on your door and you meet the top 2 criteria you can try to make them go away. If you don’t meet the criteria above and you would like to avoid the increased OSHA penalties, email Paul Gutkowski or call Paul at 612.400.6205.

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Sadie Hagen
Author: Sadie Hagen