Each year, national safety publisher MANCOMM publishes thousands of regulatory reference books for safety and compliance professionals who prefer to read regulations in print form. But this ever-changing government information can become outdated quickly, and most MANCOMM books have hundreds of pages. What can be done to make sure unused, outdated volumes don’t go to waste?
“A person might think the best thing to do with outdated books would be to pulp them,” said Benjamin W. Mangan, President and Founder of MANCOMM. “But, that would still be a waste of effort and resources, since most of the pages in those books are fine the way they are. There may be huge blocks of pages where only a few scattered paragraphs have changed.”
With these concerns in mind, the compliance experts at the publishing company created MANCOMM Green Editions. Update pages are bound into the front of each outdated book, revealing what information has changed, by page and regulation numbers, since the volume was first published. The user can look up information in the main body of the book as usual, and then quickly check with the update pages to see if the required information has changed.
“By adding a few new pages to the front of an out-of-date edition, the whole book becomes completely useable again,” said Mangan. “Our clients like our Green Editions because they save natural resources. Plus, we sell the books at a reduced price as our way of thanking clients for choosing a green option.”
MANCOMM’s regulatory products include a selection of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), California OSHA, and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulatory books and CDs. Currently, MANCOMM offers Green Editions of their books for DOT Hazardous Materials, OSHA Oil & Gas, General Industry, and Construction Industry regulations.
“We offer a CD option for most of our regulatory products,” Mangan said, “but many safety and compliance professionals still prefer paper versions so they can highlight needed information. Plus, paper versions are easy to carry and use in a variety of locations, from plant floors to construction jobsites. We are also exploring other options that will save natural resources, including digital innovations.”