NEWS RELEASE – For Immediate Release Latest Innovations in Hearing Conservation to be Detailed at National Safety Council Congress SMITHFIELD

, RHODE ISLAND, USA, October 19, 2009 – Leading experts in hearing loss prevention will discuss the latest innovations in hearing conservation technology during “Hear Tomorrow: A Personalized Approach to Hearing Conservation,” a featured workshop session at the National Safety Council 2009 Congress & Expo in October. At the session, attendees will learn why measuring data in a precise and personalized way is the key to a successful hearing conservation program (HCP) — and how recent advances in earplug fit testing and in-ear dosimetry make this more than a possibility. Experts will detail how the newest hearing protection devices (HPDs) can help safety managers develop and refine their HCP efforts. “The session’s focus on new hearing loss prevention technologies is especially timely given the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s current proposed rule changes regarding Noise Reduction Rating, said Dr. Theresa Y Schulz, Hearing Conservation Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection. “The proposed new rules will place even greater responsibility on safety managers to protect their employees against noise-induced hearing loss. By learning about — and using— the latest innovations in HPDs and technology, safety managers will gain a valuable head-start on their programs. The information will help everyone involved in a Hearing Conservation Program to be responsible and accountable,” she noted. Session experts will include Dr. Schulz along with Brad K. Witt, Director of Hearing Conservation, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection; Kevin Michael, President, Michael & Associates, Inc.; and moderator Jerry Elvin Rivera, Director of Safety, National Electrical Contractors Association. “Hear Tomorrow: A Personalized Approach to Hearing Conservation” will be presented on Monday, October, 26, 2009, 1:30PM to 3:00PM, in Room 307D at the National Safety Council 2009 Congress & Expo in Orlando. For more information, visit 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, 781-793-9380, o Jennifer Guimond, 781-793-9380,

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