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Monday, June 21st, 2010

VeriPRO from Howard Leight Wins Prestigious Industry Award for Innovation

howardleight_4c2SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA, June 21 2010 – The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has awarded its Product Innovation Award to VeriPRO®, the earplug fit testing system from Howard Leight®. The award, which is designed to recognize excellence and innovation within the safety industry, was presented at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards Gala Dinner held during Safety and Health Expo 2010.

VeriPRO makes it easy to determine the Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) of a worker fitted with any earplugs through a simple listening test.

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This allows both safety managers and workers to ascertain if the worker receives optimal protection from noise with their earplugs, requires additional training, or needs to try a different model.

“Hearing conservation is an area that we are passionate about,” said Josephine Audoin, Marketing Manager for Sperian Protection UK. “We are delighted that the genuine innovation demonstrated by VeriPRO has been recognized by the British safety community.”

A report recently issued by the UK Health and Safety Executive, entitled “Real World Use and Performance of Hearing Protection,” gave a positive indication about the availability of appropriate Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) in the UK. However, it also reported that “possibly

only 60% of workers supposedly using hearing protection are in fact protected.” One of the major reasons for this (and this applies particularly to ear plugs) is that the HPD is incorrectly fitted. Another concern for employers is the weakness of the published attenuation ratings system in regards to the specification of earplugs. The published attenuation ratings system only provides a theoretical level of hearing protection as opposed to an actual measurement of protection.

To help combat these issues, Howard Leight developed VeriPRO. VeriPRO benefits those that manage safety and employees alike. For the safety

professional, occupational health manager or site manager it fulfils European Directive 2003/10/EC requirements for training. For employees, VeriPRO demonstrates the importance of hearing protection in the workplace, and helps employees select and compare protectors to find the best choice for their ears and specific applications.

Unlike other field verification systems, VeriPRO can be used with any earplug, and the tests performed in virtually any setting. VeriPRO offers two test protocols. The Complete Check runs employees through five frequencies to determine PAR and is recommended for annual use. The Quick Check is a simplified test of earplug fit at one frequency, used as a fast and easy pass/fail check for more frequent use.

The VeriPRO system consists of PC-based software, an audiometrically optimized headset, audio processor, QuickStart guide and USB cable.

For more information about VeriPRO, visit http://www.howardleight.com/veripro/?locale=us.

About Howard Leight

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing s

ystem. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com.

Visit the Howard Leight website at http://www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Sperian Protection
With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products

adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext’s Eurolist and on the SBF120.

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Public Relations contact, Boston:  Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Howard Leight Offers Free Samples of New Pilot Push-in Ear Plugs for Occupational Hearing Protection

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA, March 23, 2010 – Howard Leight® is offering employers and workers free samples of its new Pilot™ push-in ear plugs for occupational hearing protection. Pilot features an innovative hybrid design offering superior performance, long-wear comfort, and total control over fit.

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Visitors to http://www.howardleight.com/trypilot can learn about Pilot’s features and benefits, view the ear plug in 3D, and request a free sample pack of five pairs of Pilot ear plugs.

“Ear plugs should feel good all the time, not just some of the time. The best way to appreciate Pilot is to ‘try Pilot’ yourself,” said Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection.

Pilot’s ergonomic design provides instant hearing protection upon proper insertion and defends against additional occupational noise hazards by offering:

  • Simple Fit – Pilot inserts easily into the ear with a simple fingertip twist of the non-obtrusive Navigation Stem for a quick, snug and comfortable fit. Pilot’s no-roll insertion delivers instant protection upon proper insertion.
  • Great Comfort – Pilot’s soft, pearl-skinned Howard Leight polyurethane foam is resilient, easy-to-clean, and delivers reliable, long-wearing performance. Pilot adapts to the shape of the ear canal for a more comfortable fit – for short or long-term hearing protection.
  • Reliable Protection – With an NRR 26 rating, Pilot provides ideal, consistent hearing protection and ensures appropriate attenuation in medium to low noise environments (95 dB or less).
  • Multi-Day Use – Pilot ear plugs can be used for up to several work days/shifts without impacting its overall performance. Pilot delivers an improved cost-benefit for safety managers managing tight PPE budgets.

View a 3D demo and request a free sample pack of five pairs of the new Pilot push-in ear plugs at http://www.howardleight.com/trypilot.

About Howard Leight
Howard Leight is the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: www.howardleight.com.

Visit the Howard Leight website at http://www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Sperian Protection
With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext’s Eurolist and on the SBF120.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, February 15th, 2010

Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection Experts to Present at National Hearing Conservation Association Conference

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, U.S.A. — February 15, 2010— Hearing conservation experts from Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection will be presenters at the 2010 National Hearing Conservation Association’s (NHCA) Conference, February 25-27, 2010, in Orlando, Fla.

Brad K. Witt, Director of Hearing Conservation, and Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col., USAF (ret), CPS/A, Hearing Conservation Manager, both of Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC will participate in two key workshops at the NHCA’s “Explore the World of Hearing Loss Prevention” Conference.

“Howard Leight has always been dedicated to the prevention of occupational hearing loss,” Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC said. “We are a proud member of NHCA and are pleased to share our knowledge, experience and best practices in hearing loss prevention with this audience.”

The workshops are:

  • Hands-on fit-testing,” Thursday, Feb. 25. As part of the full-day workshop focusing on the world’s leading fit-testing technologies available to the hearing conservation professional, Witt will present details of Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO® technology that enables safety managers to ensure their employees are getting the most out of their hearing protection devices. The VeriPRO system measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs and can be used as a means to improve individual employee training and enhance the overall effectiveness of hearing conservation programs. Hands-on demonstrations of all available technologies will follow in the afternoon.

  • Hearing loss prevention: The basics/Hearing Protective Devices”, Thursday, Feb. 25. Presented by Dr. Schulz, this section of “The Basics” workshop will focus on hearing protector function, how hearing protection devices (HPDs) are tested and rated (with particular reference to the Noise Reduction Rating), and the performance gains available from the use of dual hearing protection.

“Hearing conservationists can measure, assess, document, and counsel, but when it comes to effective intervention, our primary and sometimes only tool, is a hearing protector. We all must become more knowledgeable about the specification of hearing protection devices and their use in our hearing conservation programs,” Dr. Schulz said.

For more information about the NHCA’s “Explore the World of Hearing Loss Prevention” Conference in February, visit http://www.hearingconservation.org.

About Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com.

Visit the HearForever Web site at http://www.hearforever.org. Follow HearForever on Twitter (@HearForeverOrg) at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Motivating Workers to be Ear-Responsible

hearforever_final-logo-332“Da be way oo roec your hearing rom haardu noi eboer i oo onidindly oo hearing roecer around loud noi.”

These may seem like nonsense words to a reader, but this is what normal speech and conversation may sound like to an employee who lives with noise-induced hearing loss. (*For a translation, see the end of our article linked below.)

Safety professionals know the hazards of loud noise, but how can we convey that risk awareness to workers, and motivate them to take personal and pro-active actions? Read any Hearing Conservation regulation cover to cover, and the word motivation never appears. But the safety-savvy employer will know that motivation is the keystone to preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Motivated employees take responsibility for protecting their hearing both on- and off-the-job, rather than just viewing hearing protectors as a workplace compliance issue.

Read more for three tools used in successful Hearing Conservation Programs for instilling the risk awareness that motivates workers to take action to conserve their own hearing:  http://www.hearforever.org/tools-to-educate/motivating-workers-to-be-ear-responsible

Follow HearForever on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://www.twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Howard Leight’s New Pilot Push-in Ear Plug Delivers Occupational Hearing Protection with Innovative, Hybrid Design

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA, January 26, 2010 – Howard Leight® today officially introduced the new Pilotpush-in ear plug for occupational hearing protection – featuring an innovative hybrid design that combines the performance and cost savings of Quiet® multiple-use ear plug with the superior comfort of Max® single-use ear plug to deliver long-wearing comfort and total control over fit.

Pilot“Ear plugs should feel good all the time, not just some of the time. That’s why we created Pilot,” said Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. “We have harnessed our knowledge of people-oriented comfort and excellence in polyurethane foam technology to provide workers with the next level of comfort, fit and hearing protection in an ear plug.”

Pilot’s ergonomic design provides instant hearing protection upon proper insertion, and defends against additional occupational noise hazards by offering:

  • Simple Fit – Pilot inserts easily into your ear with a simple fingertip twist of the non-obtrusive Navigation Stem for a quick, snug and comfortable fit. Pilot’s no-roll insertion delivers instant protection upon proper insertion and there is no wait for the fit to be complete.

  • Great Comfort - Pilot’s soft, pearl-skinned Howard Leight polyurethane foam is resilient and easy-to-clean, delivering reliable, long-wearing performance. The Pilot push-in ear plug adapts to the shape of the ear canal for a more comfortable fit – for eight minutes or eight hours of hearing protection.

  • Reliable Protection - With an NRR 26 rating, Pilot provides ideal, consistent hearing protection and ensures appropriate attenuation in medium to low noise environments (95 dB or less).

  • Multi-Day Use - Pilot push-in ear plugs can be used for up to several work days/shifts without impacting its overall performance and delivers an improved cost-benefit for safety managers who need to manage tight PPE budgets.

“By creating, and improving, innovative hearing protection technology, we continue to honor our commitment to hearing conservation in the workplace and the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss,” said Bessette.

For more information visit http://www.howardleight.com/family/index/43/?locale=us.

About Howard Leight

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: www.howardleight.com.

Visit the Howard Leight website at www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Sperian Protection

With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext’s Eurolist and on the SBF120.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, January 25th, 2010

HearForever 2010 Presentations in South Africa

hearforever_final-logo-332HSE Solutions, in conjunction with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene and the Institute of Safety Management invite you to the 2010 HearForever presentation series featuring Brad Witt, Director of Hearing Conservation at Sperian Hearing Protection.

HearForever is an ongoing campaign by Howard Leight to build awareness about the risks, dangers and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

There are five dates & locations.

Topics Include:
* Basics of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
* Hearing Protector Selection
* Fitting Tips
* VeriPRO and QuietDose demonstrations
* Motivating employees to use hearing protectors
* FAQ’s

Dates & Locations:
* Johannesburg / Monday 15 March 2010 – The Birchwood Hotel
* Durban / Tuesday 16 March 2010 – Blue Waters Hotel
* Cape Town / Wednesday 17 March 2010 – The River Club
* Rustenburg / Tuesday 23 March 2010 – Anglo Development Centre (ADC)
* Middelburg/Witbank / Wednesday 24 March 2010 – The Ridge Casino

Each presentation runs from 09h15 – 15h30 with complimentary lunch.

RSVP by 5 March 2010 as we have limited seating.

For more information & to register, visit: http://www.hearforever.org/hearforever2010RSA

Follow HearForever on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://www.twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Take Action on Hearing Protection — Tell a colleague or friend

hearforever_final-logo-332Help grow the community of people committed to Hearing Conservation by making people aware of the problem.

When you see someone in a situation that could compromise their hearing, let them know the risks and the simple solutions.

Urge them to learn more about work place hearing safety, noise induced hearing loss, and effective hearing protection at http://www.hearforever.org and http://facebook.com/HearForever

Follow HearForever on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://www.twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, January 18th, 2010

What’s the most common occupational injury in the United States?

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What’s the most common occupational injury in the United States?

It might surprise you, but Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common occupational injury in the United States.

30 million US workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work on a daily basis and approximately 10 million Americans suffer from NIHL.

Learn about the consequences of NIHL — and how to prevent it — at http://www.hearforever.org

Follow HearForever on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://www.twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Friday, January 15th, 2010

What does losing your hearing feel like?

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What does losing your hearing feel like?

When the sounds of the world start to fade away, it can be a very isolating experience.

And it doesn’t get better. Get serious about conserving your hearing today, so you can hear what’s going on around you tomorrow.

Listen up. HearForever.

Download poster: http://www.hearforever.org/userfiles/file/propaganda/Lonely_chair.pdf

Follow HearForever on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://www.twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

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Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

White Paper Shows How QuietDose In-Ear Dosimetry Validated Hearing Conservation Program, Reversed OSHA Citation at Dixie Industries

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA, January 5, 2010 – In many occupational Hearing Conservation Programs, solutions often become a problem – a seemingly endless cycle of behaviors and tactics that yield minimal results and little real-world data.

A new free white paper case study titled “QuietDose™ In-Ear Dosimetry is a ‘Foundational Element’ of Dixie Industries’ Safety Program” details how the Chattanooga, Tennessee, specialty forging and assembly operations company, was able to use new QuietDose in-ear dosimetry to break that cycle and abate an OSHA citation.

For over a decade, Dixie Industries spent over $1 million on more than 30 different engineering and administrative control projects to achieve an overall noise reduction. Yet, a noise control problem persisted and Tennessee OSHA cited the company in 2005 for excessive noise. Instead of returning to the cycle of controls, Dixie Industries sought to apply cutting edge QuietDose in-ear dosimetry from Howard Leight® to obtain more and more precise information about its worker noise exposures – and abate the citation.

QuietDose is the first noise level monitoring system that uses in-ear dosimetry to measure every sound that reaches the user’s eardrum, with and without hearing protection. Dramatically more precise than existing area or personal sampling devices currently in use, QuietDose provides previously unattainable and highly precise data points on accumulated noise dose that allow both workers and management to make the smartest, best-informed hearing protection decisions.

“From the beginning, we made the decision to use QuietDose as an instrument to collect actual exposure data and not use it as a replacement for our existing Hearing Conservation Program,” said Ed Tougaw, production manager at Dixie Industries, a division of the Columbus McKinnon Corporation, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The success of our in-ear dosimetry program sent a message that everyone could and should make a contribution to the overall safety environment at Dixie,” said Tougaw.

This case study details Dixie Industries use of QuietDose to:

  • Compare the benefit of monitoring employee noise dose versus making capital investments in engineering noise controls to reduce specific noise levels
  • Allow safety managers to monitor worker noise exposure levels to determine noise dose during their workday
  • Provide personalized, accurate data to validate the success of Hearing Conservation Program and abate an OSHA citation

Download the free case study “QuietDose™ In-Ear Dosimetry is a ‘Foundational Element’ of Dixie Industries’ Safety Program” at www.hearforever.org/dixie.

About Howard Leight

About Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever initiative™. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: www.howardleight.com.

Visit the HearForever website at http://www.hearforever.org. Follow us on Twitter (#HearForeverOrg) at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.


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