Press Release – For Immediate Release Free Seminars Will Detail Best Practices in Employer Hearing Conservation, Impending

NRR Change —Set for Eight Cities in Sept., Oct.— SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, U.S.A.—August 26, 2009— A series of free seminars discussing the increasing critical importance—and rapidly changing regulatory environment— of employer-based Hearing Conservation Programs have been announced for eight cities along the East and West coasts of the U.S. by Howard Leight®/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. The “HearForever™: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation” seminars, to be held throughout September and October, will feature noted hearing conservationists Dr. Theresa Schultz and Brad Witt, will address an expanding range of need-to-know topics for employers ranging from implementing a hearing conservation program to the newly proposed NRR changes, with an engaging audio and visual presentation. Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to over 2,000 safety professionals on five continents over the past three years. The HC Seminars are known and respected for their user-friendly style and practical/applicable content for safety managers, industrial product distributors and other safety professionals. “Each new ‘HearForever: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation’ seminar will address the mounting threats and must-have solutions to one of the most preventable occupational injuries—noise-induced hearing loss,” said Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. “Attendees will be able to engage and share problems and resolutions with their peers from different organizations that experience similar problems with their hearing conservation programs,” she said. “Moreover, with the EPA’s recently announced changes to the Noise Reduction Rating [NRR] from a fixed number to a range, we are now in a great position to immediately connect with safety professionals to provide them with the knowledge and expertise they require to successfully transition to a new regulatory environment and a new way of thinking about employee hearing conservation strategies, programs, and practices,” she added. Seminar topics will include: • Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss • Implementing an OSHA Hearing Conservation Program • Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and Your Program • Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors • Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources • New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies The September-October 2009 schedule of seminars follows: • Tuesday, September 22, 2009, Emeryville, California

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Sacramento, California

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Thursday, September 24, 2009, Commerce, California Friday, September 25, 2009, San Diego, California Monday, October 5, 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tuesday, October 6, 2009, Alexandria, Virginia Thursday, October 8, 2009, Norfolk, Virginia Friday, October 9, 2009, Columbia, South Carolina

For more information, or to register for the California seminars, visit For seminars in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina, visit The Seminar Series is part of Howard Leight’s upcoming HearForever initiative to be aimed to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) at work and at home. 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 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 industrychanging VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: 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. ### Note to Editors: • Press contacts: o Don Goncalves, Tiziani Whitmyre, 781-793-9380, o Jennifer Guimond, Tiziani Whitmyre, 781-793-9380,

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