Don’t forget the final sign-off!

“Don’t forget to get a final sign-off” is one of the most over-used pieces of advice in the printing industry – but it is so important!

“Don’t forget to get a final signoff” is one of the most over-used pieces of advice in the printing industry – but it is so important! How often do you hear stories of a major catastrophe because someone should have, but didn’t, conduct a final test of a crucial piece of equipment or process?

Ok – testing a print job isn’t even nearly in the same category as checking to see if a helicopter’s Jesus nut (the nut that keeps the rotor from flying away) has come loose; but even still, it’s a really good habit to always carry out that final test before you hit the big red button.

If anyone tells you that they have never made a mistake due to not carrying out a final test, they are lying. In fact, I need to put my hands up and admit that the catalyst for this post was an error that we recently made, which meant that a large print job had to be completely reprinted. We made the classic error of thinking that we had carried out checks throughout the process, but did not get an absolute final proof signed off by the client.

You really can’t go past the old tried and tested signoff with a pen on paper, but that’s not always possible. The second best approach is an electronic signature on PDF, but failing that, even an email with “OK, go ahead” surely beats nothing at all.