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Printing Industry: Changing Equipment May Result In Changing Applicable Classifications

June 18, 2014

In this edition: When employers in the Printing, Publishing and Duplicating Industry Group acquire equipment that allows for new products and services, it can change the applicable classifications.

In the California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan1995 (USRP), some classifications are grouped alphabetically under industry groupings to assist users in identifying and assigning classifications within similar industries. The Printing, Publishing and Duplicating Industry Group contains 23 classifications applicable to various segments of the printing, publishing and duplicating industry.

Many small and medium sized printing and duplicating companies are assigned to Classifications 8019(1), Printing - quick printing, or 8019(2), Document Duplication or Photocopying Service. Each of these classifications include footnotes that define and restrict the operations that can be assigned to the classification. 

PRINTING - quick printing - all employees - including Clerical Office Employees and  Outside Salespersons 

This classification applies to those locations engaged in job printing using sheet-fed offset printing presses on paper not exceeding 18" x 24". This classification does not apply to locations that use roll-fed presses or where the paper fed to the press exceeds 18" x 24". 

8019(1)

The key restriction for Classification 8019(1) is paper size; the classification applies to offset printing operations, but only when sheets of paper no larger than the 18" x 24" are used. The WCIRB has received questions regarding the applicable classification when a quick print shop converts from individual sheet to roll fed paper. The use of roll fed paper disqualifies an employer from assignment to Classification 8019(1). Employers conducting offset printing on roll fed paper, or on sheets larger than 18" x 24", are assigned to companion classifications 4299(1), Printing Operation - all other employees, and 8813(1), Printing Operation - editing, designing, proofreading, and photographic composing.

DOCUMENT DUPLICATION OR PHOTOCOPYING SERVICE - all employees - including Clerical Office Employees and Outside Salespersons

This classification applies to those locations engaged in document duplication or photocopying on a job basis using electrostatic copiers, scanners, ink jet or laser printers on paper of any size. This classification also applies to locations that reproduce technical drawings, sketches and renderings for architects, contractors, engineers and similar customers.

This classification does not apply to locations that perform offset printing.

This classification does not apply to firms that specialize in the provision of legal support services as contemplated under Classification 8821, Attorney Support Services.

8019(2)

Classification 8019(2) is not applicable to offset printing, but applies to other types of document printing including electrostatic duplication, ink jet and laser printing. There is no paper size restriction applicable to Classification 8019(2) and, for this reason, it often applies to the production of oversized documents such as technical drawings. The large format printers at some document duplication shops are capable of printing on a variety of substrates such as vinyl and canvas in addition to paper. This equipment is often suited to the production of large format commercial banners and signs, vinyl vehicle wraps, and other advertising graphics in addition to documents. The WCIRB has observed that some document duplication shops evolve into quick sign shops when they expand beyond document duplication and use large format ink jet printers or similar equipment to produce signs and advertising graphics. Signs produced in this manner are assignable to Classification 9507(2), Sign Mfg. - quick sign shops.

Related Information

California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan1995

Online Guide to Workers' Comp - The Standard Classification System

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