09.27.06

BACOU-DALLOZ Hearing safety group takes popular hearing conservation seminars on the road

-- Free "What You Need to Hear: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation" seminar provides practical
   information on implementing effective hearing conservation programs

-- Fall '06 tour schedule to include cities in Northeast and Midwest US, plus Western Canada

Smithfield, RI – The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group will conduct a series of free hearing conservation seminars this fall, entitled, "What You Need To Hear: Best Practices In Hearing Conservation." The seminar, lead by industry expert Brad Witt, MA, CCC-A, combines audio and visual demonstrations to convey hearing conservation principles in an engaging and practical way. Seminars will be conducted at a number of locations in the Northeast and Midwest US, and western Canada, and are open to hearing conservation program managers, safety managers, industrial hygienists and like professionals.

Witt, who is Audiology and Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group, has earned high praise for his lively and informative presentation style, and has previously taken his hearing conservation seminar on the road in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. This fall's schedule will include stops in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and Philadelphia in the Northeast; Dallas, St. Louis and greater Chicago in the Midwest; and Vancouver and Calgary in western Canada. The registration form for the free seminars is available in the Hearing Conservation section of www.hearingportal.com.

Each free seminar lasts three-and-a-half 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 and Canadian regulations; implementing an effective HC program; tips on selecting and fitting 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 of posters, flyers, product samples and other motivational tools for use in their own hearing conservation programs.

A frequent writer as well as a speaker on the subject of hearing conservation, Brad Witt has been an Industrial Audiologist for more than 23 years. He has degrees from Brigham Young and Northwestern Universities, and has practiced throughout the United States and Middle East. For 14 years, he managed Pacific Audiologics, providing hearing conservation services at 175 locations in the western United States. He is also a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (USA) and has been with the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group since 2004. Witt was recently awarded with “Outstanding Lecture” award by the National Hearing Conservation Association [NHCA].

Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight Industries has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of in-ear hearing protection in the industrial market and is widely recognized as an innovator in protection and fit. Since 2001 Howard Leight has been a part of the Bacou-Dalloz™ Hearing Safety Group.

Bilsom was founded in Sweden in 1968 and leads the industry in developing innovative sound management technologies that are used in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

Combining the innovation and expertise of Howard Leight® Earplugs and Bilsom® Earmuffs, the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group is a world leader in hearing safety.

Bacou-Dalloz is the world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of personal protective equipment, offering a comprehensive range of safety products designed to protect people from hazards in the workplace. The Group specializes in head protection equipment (eye and face, respiratory and hearing protection), body protection equipment (clothing, gloves and footwear) and fall protection equipment. With a worldwide presence and over 6,000 people, Bacou-Dalloz endeavors to contribute to ongoing improvements in workplace health and safety by providing innovative, comfort-engineered products that workers want to wear. The Group’s products are sold through a worldwide network of distributor partners for use in all sectors of activity (construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, homeland security, petrochemicals, medical, public services, etc.). Bacou-Dalloz is listed on the Premier Marché of the Euronext stock exchange in Paris, and is part of the SBF 120 index.


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