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April 7th, 2014

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Announces 2014 Executive Council

Westminster, CO – April 7, 2014 - The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has announced the members of its 2014 Executive Council.

“The new NHCA Executive Council represents the diversity of our membership and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of hearing loss prevention,” said NHCA incoming President Beth Cooper. “Our members are actively engaged or currently studying in fields such as audiology, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, and noise control engineering and come from all sectors of industry, academia, government and armed forces, equipment manufacturers, and providers of audiometric monitoring services.”

Organized in 1976, the NHCA has grown to a robust organization with approximately 260 members who are passionate about the prevention of hearing loss due to noise and environmental factors, Cooper noted.

The new Executive Council conducted its first meeting in March at the NHCA’s 39th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference, held in Las Vegas. The members of the Council are listed below, along with their brief biographies.

  • President – Beth Cooper, PE, INCE, Bd. Cert, Fellow INCE. Beth Cooper is an acoustical engineer and hearing conservationist with more than 30 years of experience in acoustics, noise control, hearing loss prevention, and occupational health. Her accomplishments include the design, construction, and management of several acoustical facilities and major industrial noise control projects and the development of unique multimedia educational resources and applications that energize occupational hearing conservation programs. She currently serves as a subject matter expert, providing technical support and training for the occupational health and engineering communities at NASA’s fifteen field centers.
  • President Elect – Kristy Casto, Ph.D., CCC-A. Kristen (Kristy) Casto is an active-duty Army audiologist currently assigned to the Office of the Army Surgeon General where she serves as deputy audiology and hearing conservation consultant to the Army Surgeon General. LTC Casto earned an Au.D. from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech. LTC Casto is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and is   also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Military Audiology Association.
  • Immediate Past President – Jennifer Tufts, Ph.D., CCC-A. Jennifer Tufts is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in music and mathematics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in audiology from Penn State University. She holds the Clinical Certificate of Competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice audiology in Connecticut.
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Nancy Wojcik, MS. Nancy is an epidemiologist in the Occupational & Public Health Division of ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc., located in Annandale, NJ. Nancy has over 25 years of experience, earned an M.S. degree from Seton Hall University, and has published on epidemiological methods for cohort mortality studies. She manages the company’s employee health surveillance system and has conducted cohort mortality and cancer incidence studies of North American petrochemical workers.
  • Director of Education – Marjorie McCullagh, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC, COHN-S. Marjorie McCullagh has worked in educator positions for more than 30 years, currently serving as nurse-educator and researcher at the University of Michigan. Dr. McCullagh’s program of research focuses on prevention of NIHL among farm operators, particularly through use of hearing protection devices.
  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations – Marvin “Joel” Jennings, M.S., CCC-A. Joel is on active duty with the US Army, where he most recently served as the Hearing Program Manager for Fort Bliss, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Texas, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to serving on active duty, Joel worked in many settings in the hearing industry, including working for a major hearing aid company. He currently serves as President on the executive board of the Military Audiology Association, holds a certificate of Clinical Competence form the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology.
  • Director of Membership – Cheryl Nadeau, M.Ed., F-AAA, CPS/A. Cheryl Nadeau is the Senior Occupational Audiologist for Workplace Integra, Inc., Greensboro, NC. She is a Certified Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Program (CPS/A), a Certified Course Director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Board Certified in Audiology by The American Board of Audiology and a member of the American Academy of Audiologists (AAA). Cheryl holds a B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a M.Ed. in Audiology from the University of Georgia, Athens. She is in the process of obtaining her Doctor of Audiology degree at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences.
  • Director of Communications – Cory Portnuff, Au.D., Ph.D. Dr. Cory Portnuff is a clinical audiologist in Denver with an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on noise-induced hearing loss in children, with a particular emphasis in understanding music-induced hearing loss and MP3 players using health belief modeling. Dr. Portnuff is also the President of the H.E.A.R. Project, a Colorado non-profit organization that provides support for families of children with hearing loss.
  • Member Delegate – Marilyn Morgan, RN, COHC. Marilyn began professional services in occupational hearing conservation in 2010 as a hearing conservationist. The employer, Take Care Health Systems, provides the occupational health services for the Golden, CO site. Her professional involvement includes past board memberships in nursing organizations and educational organizations on both the local and state levels. She has provided volunteer and participant services for both NHCA and CAOHC.
  • Member Delegate – Kara Cave. CPT Kara Cave is currently the Chief of the Fort Campbell, KY Hearing Program. Her previous assignments include: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C; Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; 10th Combat Support Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq; and Fort Bliss, Texas. She received her B.A. from Boston College in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Audiology from James Madison University in 2005.
  • PSP Member Delegate – Sandra MacLean-Uberuaga, MA, F-AAA, CSP/A. Sandra MacLean Uberuaga has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master’s in Audiology and Pathology. Sandra is president Alaska Occupational Audiology & Health Services, Inc., as well as Washington Audiology Services. She is a six time recipient of the NHCA golden lobe award. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She has been an active course director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and is a Professional Supervisor by CAOHC.
  • Commercial Member Delegate – Scott Lake, MSE, BMSE, GMI. Scott Lake is the Engineering Projects Manager at Westone Laboratories, Inc. located in Colorado Springs, CO. He has spent most of his 20+ year professional career in the area of noise and vibration control in the automotive industry; with specialization in the study of Sound Quality where he was a regularly invited speaker to the biannual Noise & Vibration Conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He currently has responsibilities in product definition, design and development for Westone Laboratories’ Hearing Protection Device Products.
  • Associate Member Delegate: David Stern, C-OHC – David Stern has worked in the hearing conservation field since 1995 in a variety of positions from Tech to Lead Tech to Operations manager and is experienced in testing, training, noise surveys, custom HPD’s, otoacoustic emissions and more He now works for Boeing as a Health Services Administrator in the Pre-Employment Medical Dept and continue to support Boeing’s Hearing Conservation Program by being a member of the Hearing Conservation Program Steering Committee.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, physicians and occupational health nurses, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information, visit http://www.hearingconservation.org.

 

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March 25th, 2014

Honeywell’s QUIETPRO Intelligent Hearing Protection and Communication System Maximizes Situational Awareness in Rapid Changing Environments

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA — Law enforcement operations depend upon well-trained tactical officers with maximum situational awareness and assistive technology. A tactical officer with impaired hearing or compromised communication, either permanent or temporary, is at a disadvantage in an operational setting.

The QUIETPRO intelligent hearing protection and communication system from Honeywell transforms critical communications from a point of vulnerability into a tactical advantage. Adapted from combat-proven technology, QUIETPRO is the only intelligent hearing protection and communication system that provides smart personal hearing protection, digitally-enhanced speech communication, and clear radio communication throughout the full spectrum of tactical operations.

Honeywell Safety Products is dedicated to supporting law enforcement officers who place their lives on the line to maintain the safety and security of our communities. With QUIETPRO, commanders can feel confident that their tactical officers maintain full hearing readiness before, during and after deployment.

QUIETPRO offers:

  • Clear two-way communications and speech intelligibility in extreme noise;
  • “Bionic hearing” technology to deliver fast adaptive hearing protection for superior situational awareness and understanding in rapidly changing noise environments;
  • Amplification of ambient sound up to 5x, increasing officers’ awareness of critical warning signals;
  • Automatic fit-check of earpiece upon insertion to ensure optimal protection; and
  • In-ear speaker and microphone placement allowing easy fit and comfortable long-term wear time.

The QUIETPRO QP400 intelligent hearing protection and communication system is available from military and tactical distributors in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.honeywellsafety.com/quietpro.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and provider of safety solutions, helps company employees make safer decisions on their own and build an enduring culture of safety. With world class brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, HSP offers a full range of quality PPE, including: protective clothing; fall and hearing protection products; solutions that protect hands, head, feet, eyes and face; along with respiratory, welding, first-aid, lockout/tagout and traffic safety equipment. Lead them to safety—visit www.honeywellsafety.com/culture to learn more.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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March 25th, 2014

April 9th Webinar Will Show Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Managers How to Automate Tasks, Save Costs with Microsoft SharePoint; Presented by EH&E

Needham, Mass.— March 25, 2014 — A free April 9th webinar will show environmental health and safety managers how to streamline their EHS programs —saving costs and time — by automating key administrative tasks with Microsoft® SharePoint®, a software platform available within most companies and institutions.

EHS programs involve numerous repetitive administrative tasks — information transcription, information transfer to responsible personnel, and follow-up notifications. These consume a significant amount of valuable labor — and take away from time spent on important EHS initiatives.

By using SharePoint’s powerful workflow tools, environmental health and safety managers can automate most routine tasks related to information processing and maintaining compliance — saving countless hours and costs while improving both program efficiency and compliance.

The webinar — “SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” — will feature real-world examples to demonstrate how SharePoint workflows can be applied to:

  • Data screening and calculations — automatically flag deficiencies, calculate and compare data to pre-determined limits
  • Task notifications — send automated alerts of pending deadlines or overdue tasks
  • Approvals — automate the routing of forms and reports for review (incident reports, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Corrective Actions — manage documentation and track completion

The webinar is designed for EHS managers and directors, safety officers, biosafety officers, laboratory managers, and administrators and IT personnel. It will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, visit http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sharept_workflows_ehs.htm. There is no cost to register nor attend.

“SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” will be presented by EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. Its EHS Automation Consulting services to help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by automating their environmental health and safety programs with Microsoft SharePoint. For more information, call 1-800-825-5343 or visit www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 25 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.

Microsoft® and SharePoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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March 11th, 2014

Webinar Exploring “What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems” is Offered for Life Science Companies

AGAWAM, MASS. — March 11, 2014 — A webinar to help life science companies explore the importance of a well-implemented and understood environmental monitoring program, and its ability to generate valuable data, will be offered on Wednesday, March 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The online event will identify the common mistakes and misconceptions regularly encountered when managers “fear the failure” of environmental excursions.

Environmental monitoring systems demonstrate that a company’s various contamination control strategies are operating properly. Such systems can illustrate whether operations are in a state of control. Variations in the data can indicate a drift which could potentially impact product and patient safety.

But the data generated by environmental monitoring system may become skewed when a culture is created which fears environmental failures or excursions. The webinar, What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems,” will detail how key life science company management can work to avoid such cultures.

Webinar topics — tailored for quality assurance and control, manufacturing, microbiology, and facilities management in pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device organizations — will include:

  • The big picture: what systems need to be monitored and why the data is valuable
  • Risk-based environmental monitoring program implementation
  • Culture and “buy-in:” how to create a culture of employee acceptance for contamination control programs
  • Responding to data: how to identify trends in the data and respond with appropriate actions

The webinar will be offered Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. Featured speakers include Valerie Montgomery, environmental services manager, and Alison Zulick, environmental services leader, both of Microtest Laboratories, a leading provider of testing services and contract manufacturing for the life science industries.

To register or for more information about the webinar, What’s the Risk? Fearing the Failure in Environmental Monitoring Systems,” visit http://www.microrite.com/training/environmental-monitoring-systems-fearing-the-failure.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and compounding pharmacy industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, Microtest leverages its 30 years industry experience to help its clients meet their regulatory requirements.  For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

 

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Press contact: Don Goncalves, 1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com

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March 5th, 2014

March 31st is Deadline to Apply for ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — March 5, 2014 — March 31st is the deadline for U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International in Chicago in November.

Details and forms are available at: www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“The ASCO Numatics Scholarship program provides talented U.S. students with the financial support they need to pursue their education, enhance their skills, and position them for a successful career in engineering,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics.

The ASCO Numatics scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2014/2015 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

Over the past 7 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, ASCO Numatics has provided another $12,000 in grants to 10 U.S. schools of engineering.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago from November 2-5, 2014. The race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

About ASCO Numatics

ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson

Emerson www.Emerson.com is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. Emerson Industrial Automation www.EmersonIndustrial.com, a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Browning®, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex®, Leroy-Somer®, McGill®, Morse®, Numatics®,
O-Z/Gedney, Rollway®, SealMaster®, and System Plast™.

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February 20th, 2014

Honeywell Safety Institute Announces 2014 Open Enrollment Course Listing; Featuring Miller Fall Prevention and Protection Training

SMITHFIELD, R.I., USA — February 19, 2014 — Honeywell Safety Products announced the 2014 open enrollment schedule, featuring Miller® fall prevention and protection training.  This comprehensive offering of fall prevention and protection classes is part of the Honeywell Safety Institute, an initiative aimed at providing educational tools, resources, and training programs that inspire workers to implement good safety practices in industries around the globe.

The 2014 open enrollment schedule includes courses in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as courses at state-of-the-art Honeywell training facilities in Franklin, PA, and Houston, TX, which feature catwalks, climbing towers, confined space simulators, wind simulators and other equipment to protect from hazardous environments in a range of industries.

“Training is an integral part of our Total Solution in fall protection, since no fall protection equipment – regardless of how effective – can save an employee who is not trained in its use. To meet this crucial requirement, Miller Training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a safer, more productive work environment,” said Lisa Burns, US technical training and operations manager, Honeywell Safety Products.

All open enrollment training courses feature experienced instructors, live demonstrations and hands-on training. Course goals include enabling employees working at heights to recognize fall hazards, evaluate the risk posed by each hazard, and control the hazard through preventive or protective measures. The sessions are further customized by location to address site-specific variables and performance requirements of fall prevention and protection.

Topics include:

  • At-Height Training, including Fall Protection Rescue, Advanced Fall Protection Rescue, and Competent Tower Climber
  • Competent Person Training
  • Fall Protection Inspection Training
  • Confined Space Training, including Confined Space & Confined Space Entry, and Confined Space Rescue
  • OSHA Training, including Construction, General Industry, and Residential Fall Protection training
  • Train the Trainer, including Fall Protection Train the Trainer, Wind Energy Train the Trainer, and Confined Space Train the Trainer
  • Wind Energy Training, including Basic Height Safety and Competent Climber
  • DOT Hazmat Training
  • First Aid, CPR & AED Training

Honeywell Safety Products also offers:

For more information, download the 2014 Open Training Schedule from https://www.millerfallprotection.com/pdfs/2014TrainingSchedule-web.pdf.  Or, visit the Miller Fall Protection Training website www.millerfalltraining.com. The website’s new Online Booking Tool enables users to review and reserve available courses with a few simple clicks.

High resolution images of Honeywell Safety Institute training are available for download from http://honeywell.northplains.com/invitee_view/collection/?urltoken=823ee67b-beb7-4e39-a03e-03184bc6f9e0.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and provider of safety solutions, helps company employees make safer decisions on their own and build an enduring culture of safety. With world class brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, HSP offers a full range of quality PPE, including: protective clothing; fall and hearing protection products; solutions that protect hands, head, feet, eyes and face; along with respiratory, welding, first-aid, lockout/tagout and traffic safety equipment. Lead them to safety—visit www.honeywellsafety.com/culture to learn more.

About Miller® Fall Protection Products
Miller® is a world leading brand in fall protection solutions, including: personal fall protection equipment; engineered fall arrest systems; collective fall prevention/barrier solutions; and professional services including training, audits, consulting, product inspection and repairs. For over 65 years, products labeled with the Miller brand have protected those working at height in a wide range of industries including construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, wind energy, transportation, mining, general industry, utilities and more.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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February 18th, 2014

EH&E Announces Services to Help Manufacturers Automate their EHS Programs with Microsoft SharePoint

Needham, Mass.– February 18, 2014— EH&E (www.eheinc.com), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has announced its EHS Automation Consulting services to help manufacturers achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by automating their environmental health and safety (EHS) programs with Microsoft® SharePoint®.

“EHS programs, despite their critical role in manufacturing, are often managed outside a company’s information technology network. Many EHS programs, although requiring data input from many sources, and often from a variety of locations, are managed using Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. This is costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient,” said Bob Foster, Director of Automation Services.

“For many manufacturers, the solution can be found in their existing Microsoft SharePoint platform — the ubiquitous web-based information management platform that’s already in use for communications between people and departments throughout their company,” Foster said.

EH&E’s EHS Automation Consulting services team works with manufacturers to develop SharePoint-based applications that automate the process of collecting, analyzing, processing, and displaying information across the organization. EH&E is a leader in EHS consulting, providing EHS program development, compliance, and oversight services across a wide range of industries for 25 years.

EH&E works closely with EHS managers to seamlessly automate their current EHS processes using the SharePoint platform. For users, there’s virtually no change in workflow as they continue to access familiar Microsoft solutions. Data entry is streamlined across locations and devices — from desktop to mobile devices to electronic forms.

The greatest benefits of the system are reaped from the use of SharePoint functionality to auto-administrate work processes to vastly improve operational efficiency. Such automation can include managing multi-step workflows that can eliminate many administrative hours — including automatically initiating processes such as reviewing data for significant patterns, sending documents and forms to responsible parties for review, and ensuring that reports are properly completed in the required time.

Specific applications can range from the management and reporting of accidents and incidents, to safety inspections, chemical inventories, and training records.

“Tracking the due dates and the completion of various EHS tasks is a huge administrative burden in itself, and frequently consumes much of the manager’s time — to the extent that beneficial program initiatives often lay dormant as efforts are focused on maintaining basic compliance,” noted Foster.

By leveraging the SharePoint platform, EH&E provides manufacturers with a single software solution to address and integrate various program information and task requirements to produce a single program dashboard — for centralized reporting and analysis.

For more information about utilizing Microsoft SharePoint applications for managing environmental health and safety programs, download the free whitepaper, “Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety Programs,” at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm

For more information about EH&E’s EHS Automation Consulting service, contact EH&E by phone at 1-800-825-5343 or visit the website at http://www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 25 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.

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February 4th, 2014

Updated International Standard ISO 11816-1 IDF 155-1 for Monitoring Proper Pasteurization of Dairy Products Reconfirms Fluorimetric Method as the Official EU Reference Method Using Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System

NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA — February 4, 2014 — Joint work between the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has resulted in an important update to a key analytical standard for monitoring raw milk contamination in pasteurized dairy products, further reducing risks to public health. The International Standard for the determination of alkaline phosphatase activity in milk and milk products has been updated, reporting even greater precision in use of the fluorimetric testing method — as delivered by the Advanced Instruments’ Fluorophos® ALP Test System — and reconfirming the method as the International Pasteurization Test Standard.

“In 2006, the fluorimetric method received unanimous approval as a full International Standard method by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Dairy Federation (IDF), and CEN European Standards Organization after having been intensively studied and investigated by experts internationally, and subjected to a series of trials. Since then, additional collaborative studies were undertaken by a joint ISO-IDF project group which proved that the fluorimetric method delivered even better precision. These findings resulted in the adoption of the new standard, ISO 11816-1|IDF 155-1, in November 2013,” explained Eileen Garry, project leader of the Joint ISO-IDF Project Group.

“The new ISO/IDF standard not only reconfirms the fluorimetric method as the EU Commission’s choice as the official EU reference method against which all other methods must be validated for use, but demonstrates even greater precision of the Fluorophos fluorimetric method for assessing the proper pasteurization of milk,” Garry said.

“Once again, the collaborative studies resulting in this International Standard update have determined that the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System is the method of choice for confirming pasteurization, with its superior sensitivity and precision,” she stated.

The Fluorophos ALP Test System employs a fluorimetric assay for the measurement of Alkaline Phosphatase levels in milk and other dairy products. The Fluorophos ALP Test System is extremely precise and rapid, with test results available in just 3 minutes; extremely sensitive, detecting as little as 0.003% raw milk contamination; and is HACCP ready for use with a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points programs. The System is certified globally with approvals by AOAC, ISO/IDF and FDA/NCIMS for confirming proper pasteurization.

The new standard, ISO 11816-1:2013 (IDF 155-1), Milk and milk products — Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity — Part 1: Fluorimetric method for milk and milk-based drinks, was published November 1, 2013. It specifies a fluorimetric method for the determination of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, EC 3.1.3.1) activity in raw and heat-treated whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, skimmed milk and flavoured milks. This method is applicable to milk and milk-based drinks from cows, sheep and goats. It is also applicable to milk powder after reconstitution. The instrument can read activities up to 7,000 milliunits per litre (mU/l). If the activity is higher than 7,000 mU/l, it is diluted with alkaline phosphatase-free milk so as to obtain a measurement not higher than 7,000 mU/l.

For more information about the Advanced Instruments Fluorophos ALP Test System, contact Advanced Instruments at www.aicompanies.com/ai_products/alp/alp.htm, or by telephone +1-781-320-9000.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Advanced Instruments, Inc., is a leading supplier of instrumentation for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, microbiology and food laboratories around the world. Quality, reliability, service and support have been the company’s guiding principles since our founding in 1955. Our innovative application of technology helps healthcare organizations improve the quality of care and industrial companies enhance quality and productivity. Advanced Instruments products are available from a worldwide distributor network. For more information on products and services, or to find the nearest distributor, visit the website at http://www.aicompanies.com or e-mail info@aicompanies.com.

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February 4th, 2014

Gordon Hempton to Receive National Hearing Conservation Association’s Media Award

Westminster, CO February 4, 2014 — Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist with a passion for the pursuit of quiet places, will be presented with the National Hearing Conservation Association’s Media Award in Las Vegas in March, 2014.

The NHCA Media Award recognizes the efforts of writers and/or producers of news features that serve to heighten public awareness of the hazards of noise. The NHCA honors Gordon Hempton for his interview with Krista Tippet entitled “The Last Quiet Places.” It was first broadcast July 4, 2013, on Krista Tippet’s show, On Being, which is broadcast on National Public Radio. In the interview, Gordon takes listeners on a soundscape journey as he argues that silence, far from being a luxury, is an essential requirement of a full life, that it is an endangered species, and that quiet is the think tank of the soul. The interview can be downloaded or podcast by visiting http://www.onbeing.org/program/last-quiet-places/4557

Mr. Hempton has circled the globe three times in pursuit of the Earth’s rarest natural sounds. His sound portraits that record quickly vanishing natural soundscapes have been featured in People magazine and a national PBS television documentary, Vanishing Dawn Chorus, which earned him an Emmy. He provides professional audio services to media producers, including Microsoft, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel. Recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, he is co-author of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Quest to Preserve Quiet (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010).

The NHCA’s presentation of the Media Award to Gordon Hempton will take place at an awards luncheon during the NHCA’s 39th Annual Conference, to be held March 13-15, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the NHCA Conference, “Stop Gambling With Your Hearing,” go to http://www.hearingconservation.org.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, physicians and occupational health nurses, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention.

Visit the NHCA online at http://www.hearingconservation.org or call 1-303-224-9022. Follow the NHCA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nhcaorg, on Facebook at http://bit.ly/vLRg5, and on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/3X2DfT.

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February 4th, 2014

Richard Danielson, PhD, to receive National Hearing Conservation Association’s Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award

Westminster, CO February 4, 2014 — The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) will recognize audiologist and educator Richard W. Danielson, PhD, with its Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award in Las Vegas in March 2014. This prestigious award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of hearing conservation. The NHCA is pleased to honor Dr. Richard Danielson for his distinguished career as an enthusiastic educator and his productive contributions to national efforts to prevent noise-related hearing loss.

Dr. Danielson is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, with dual appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and in the Center for Space Medicine. Since 2003, he has been the Manager for Audiology and Hearing Conservation at NASA-Johnson Space Center. There, he leads a NASA program aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss (during spaceflight and ground-based missions) among NASA’s astronauts, pilots, and other employees. He also collaborates with NASA and international partners towards resolution of auditory and acoustic issues on the International Space Station.

Prior to his work with NASA, Colonel (Ret.) Danielson held several senior leadership positions in the U.S. Army during his 28-year career, which included serving during Operation Desert Storm as the Officer-in-Charge of the first Audiology Task Force ever deployed to a combat theater. In addition to his exceptional military career, Dr. Danielson has held numerous national leadership roles in several audiology-related professional organizations.  He has chaired the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and served for 13 years on its national council, where he was instrumental in revising CAOHC’s curricula for certification and recertification of course directors and professional supervisors of audiometric monitoring. Dr. Danielson recently served as Chair of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation Board of Trustees, and has been the president of the Texas Academy of Audiology, the Washington Society of Audiology, and the Military Audiology Association, He has held faculty appointments at 11 universities, where he has taught, supervised research, published, and mentored doctoral candidates, graduate students, medical residents, and audiology interns.

NHCA’s presentation of the Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award recognizes Dr. Danielson’s lifelong campaign to persuade others to become, what he calls, “evangelists for hearing conservation,” sharing a truly devoted enthusiasm for hearing loss prevention.

Dr. Danielson’s acceptance of the Outstanding Hearing Conservationist Award will take place at an awards luncheon during the NHCA’s 39th Annual Conference, to be held March 13-15, 2014, in Las Vegas. Many of his colleagues and associates will be on hand to honor and recognize this prestigious achievement. For more information about the NHCA Conference, “Stop Gambling With Your Hearing,” go to http://www.hearingconservation.org.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, physicians and occupational health nurses, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention.

Visit the NHCA online at http://www.hearingconservation.org or call 1-303-224-9022. Follow the NHCA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nhcaorg, on Facebook at http://bit.ly/vLRg5, and on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/3X2DfT.

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