09.28.08

Popular Howard Leight Hearing Conservation Seminars Coming to U.S. Gulf Section in October

Smithfield, RI – Howard Leight will conduct a series of free hearing conservation seminars across the Gulf section of the US, October 21-23, 2008. Entitled, "What You Need To Hear: Best Practices In Hearing Conservation," the seminars will be presented by Theresa Schulz, PhD, a renowned audiologist and Hearing Conservation specialist and Hearing Conservation Manager for Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. The seminars combine audio and visual demonstrations to convey hearing conservation principles in an engaging and practical way, and are open to hearing conservation program managers, safety managers, industrial hygienists and like professionals.

In addition to a number of locations in the US, these lively and informative presentations have been offered in Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This October's Gulf Coast schedule will include:

• Tuesday 10/21 – Houston, TX – JW Marriott Houston
• Wednesday 10/22 – Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge Marriott
• Thursday 10/23 – Mobile, AL – Marriott Mobile

The registration form for the free seminar can be downloaded at: http://www.howardleight.com/bestpractices/educate?locale=us

The seminar lasts three hours and includes everything safety practitioners need to know about implementing an effective and compliant hearing conservation program. Topics include: the basics of hearing conservation; effects of noise-induced hearing loss; US OSHA regulations; implementing an effective HC program; tips on selecting and fitting hearing protectors; field verification of hearing protectors; new EPA ratings for hearing protectors; and most important of all, training and motivating workers to wear them.

The motivational portion of the seminar focuses on techniques to encourage employees to wear their hearing protection: showing workers they are vulnerable; demonstrating the future risks of not wearing hearing protection; and removing the barriers to wearing protectors, including unavailability, discomfort, or a sense of alienation from being overprotected. All attendees will receive posters, flyers, product samples and other motivational tools for use in their own hearing conservation programs.

Dr. Theresa Schulz began her career in Hearing Conservation as an audiologist for the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel in 2004. She has worked in a number of positions, including Vice President of Professional Operations for Sonomax, and most recently served at NIOSH where she was team leader of the Hearing Loss Prevention Branch. She is a Certified Professional Supervisor for Audiometric Monitoring (CPS/A), a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a fellow in the American Academy of Audiology. Theresa joined the Sperian Hearing Protection team in May of 2008.

Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight by Sperian has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of hearing protectors in the industrial market and the recognized innovator in protection and people-oriented fit. Howard Leight offers the widest variety of hearing protection devices and technology, ranging from the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug, to SmartFit® earplugs with Conforming Material Technology™—which delivers a more personalized fit—to VeriPRO™, the new industry-changing fit verification system for hearing protectors. Utilizing Bilsom® Technology, Howard Leight earmuffs raise the bar on innovative design, performance and comfort, with features like padded wire headbands, high-visibility designs, unique sound management technologies and multi-level attenuation options. Visit Howard Leight online at http://www.howardleight.com

With nearly 6000 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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