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Brad K. Witt Joins Bacou-Dalloz(tm) Hearing Safety Group as Audiology and Regulatory Affairs Manager

November 17, 2004

Health & Safety

— Recognized authority on occupational audiology and hearing conservation to provide training worldwide

Smithfield, RI — Brad K. Witt, an experienced audiologist well known in Occupational Audiology and Hearing Conservation circles, has joined the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group as Audiology and Regulatory Affairs Manager. In this capacity, he will manage the NVLAP accredited Howard Leight Acoustical Testing Laboratory in San Diego and serve sister brand Bilsom. Brad will also be responsible for regulatory affairs and technical service for the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group. He will provide training to the Bacou-Dalloz worldwide sales organization on hearing conservation issues and also serve as a spokesperson to the industry on hearing protection.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have an expert of Brad’s stature join our organization,” said Edwin Woo, Vice President Global Research and Development for the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group. “Brad has spent much of his career in the field as an Occupational Audiologist and understands hearing conservation issues from the user’s perspective. He has also demonstrated a unique ability to present these issues in a clear and compelling fashion which we believe can help raise the visibility and efficacy of hearing conservation programs throughout industry.”

Prior to joining the Bacou-Dalloz organization, Brad Witt served as Occupational Audiologist for Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he managed the Hearing Conservation Program for 12,000 noise-exposed employees; evaluated compensation claims for a workforce of 56,000; maintained audiometric testing sites throughout Saudi Arabia; taught courses in audiometry; and managed a database of over 200,000 safety records.
Prior to Saudi Aramco, Witt served for fourteen years as a Safety Consultant to industry throughout the western United States, providing audiometric testing, monitoring noise levels, and teaching employee/management training classes at over 175 locations. A past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (1992) and member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he has degrees from Brigham Young and Northwestern Universities, and is the author of eleven published articles on information management and industrial audiology.

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.

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(tm) Hearing Safety Group.

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

In 2001 Dalloz joined with Bacou to form the Bacou-Dalloz Group, the world leader in the design, manufacturing and sale of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The company employs about 6,700 people and operates 48 production facilities. Bacou-Dalloz provides unmatched head-to-toe protection through three strategic business segments: head protection (eye, hearing and respiratory), body protection (gloves, clothes and shoes) and fall protection. Bacou-Dalloz offers a full product range aimed at the manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, medical, public services and other sectors. Its products are available from its distributor partners worldwide.

For additional product information, contact:
Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group
7828 Waterville Road
San Diego, CA 92154
Tel: 800/430-5490
Fax: 401/232-3110
email: rbessette@bacou-dalloz.com


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