As an employer, it can be challenging finding the right employee for your company; there are numerous factors to consider, including the personality and skillset of a person. However, when the hiring process is over, the challenges don’t end. Once a person is part of your team, you are responsible for their wellbeing and safety. In fact, the safety of your staff should constantly be at the forefront of your mind.
A full-time employee spends at least 40 hours per week at work. This creates the potential for a huge amount of work to get done. Unfortunately, it also creates the potential for things to go wrong.
Training in the proper use of equipment, what to do in case of injuries like cuts and burns, correct storage of hazardous materials or food products – these are just some procedures your employees should have knowledge of. So how do you ensure that they do? It’s impossible to keep an eye on employees at all times, but it is possible to print multiple copies of your OHS manual/s and have them handy for staff members.
If you’re in the health or food industry, or run a workplace that utilises lots of heavy equipment, OHS manuals are not just a nice idea; they are vital. Here are our top four tips for printing effective OHS manuals.
1. Think about the ink. Black ink is suitable if the manuals will only be used in-house. But will you be distributing them outside the business? If so, it pays to use coloured inks where appropriate (e.g. in diagrams and photos), as this puts forth a more polished appearance.
2. Don’t be blind to binding. While there are many binding options available when printing booklets, only ringed, spiral, or coil binding allows the manual to sit flat when opened. This means that your employees can set the booklet down with it remaining open, enabling them to keep both hands free to perform other tasks. This is especially important if your employees are required to follow specific instructions for certain tasks, as the right style of binder will enable them to read and work simultaneously.
3. Switch on your multicultural mode. Are there certain pages of the manual that are more important than others? For example, the pages that list instructions to the most commonly utilised pieces of machinery? Or the pages that detail evacuation procedures? If so, it may be a good idea to have these pages printed in multiple languages to ensure all employees understand the most important workplace information, no matter their background.
4. Be a cover lover. To protect manuals against accidents and spills, it is a sound idea to ensure that at least the front cover of your print booklet is laminated.
Laminating also makes the colours and pictures featured on your cover more vibrant.
When it comes to company manuals, there are many design features to consider. Why not give Kanga Print a call on 1300 550 680 so that one of our experienced team members can help you nail the way your booklet appears on the outside? That way you can put your focus on what goes inside.