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New Bilsom/Howard Leight HearingPortal.com Focuses on Hearing Conservation

September 2, 2005

Health & Safety

Smithfield, RI — The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group has launched a new website, www.hearingportal.com, combining the informational assets of both Howard Leight and Bilsom brands, to provide safety managers with a new global resource for their hearing conservation programs.

Howard Leight(r) and Bilsom(r) are the recognized global leaders in hearing protection technology and product innovation. As the brands of the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group with over 175 worldwide patents, Howard Leight earplugs and Bilsom earmuffs are on the leading edge of noise blocking and sound management technologies, as well as pioneers in the highest attenuating and uniform attenuating hearing protection devices.

“As awareness of the need for hearing protection in the workplace grows, we find safety managers increasingly concerned about implementing effective programs for their employees,” said Renee Bessette, Senior Marketing/Communications Specialist for the Group. “Our aim, in addition to providing information on the latest products and technology, is to provide safety managers with the information they need to achieve both compliance and effectiveness in their programs.”

The new site features complete product information for Howard Leight and Bilsom hearing protection devices, including all recognized attenuation ratings [NRR, SNR, SLC80], literature downloads, global sales contacts, news archives, and a user-friendly search function.

Central to HearingPortal.com is a series of short articles designed to address the questions and concerns of safety professionals engaged in the development and implementation of hearing conservation programs. Authored by expert hearing conservationists and edited by noted hearing conservation authority Brad Witt, “Sound Source” is intended for safety professionals, including industrial hygienists, audiologists, hearing conservationists, students, and interested members of the public. Topics include: “Understanding Ratings,” “Earmuffs & Safety Eyewear,” “A- and C-Weighted Noise Measurements,” “How NRR is Calculated,” and more.

Coming soon to HearingPortal.com will be an expanded Hearing Conservation section, dubbed the Hearing Portal Resource Center, incorporating a number of other practical tools for safety/conservation program managers, hearing conservationists and the general public. Included will be regulatory information, new research findings and educational/motivational tools.

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.

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(r) Earplugs and Bilsom(r) 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 Groups 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 March of the Euronext stock exchange in Paris, and is part of the SBF 120 index.

For additional 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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