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VeriPRO Earplug Attenuation Verification Software Highlighted in New Howard Leight Microsite

June 11, 2008

Health & Safety

Smithfield, RI — Sperian Hearing Protection has launched a special microsite for its new VeriPRO earplug field verification software. VeriPRO allows safety managers to get an accurate real-world picture of employees’ hearing protection.

Utilizing sophisticated software with a user-friendly interface, VeriPRO determines the Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) of the earplugs each employee uses regularly on the job and can help managers determine whether employees require additional fit training or different style earplugs.

The new VeriPRO microsite at www.howardleightveripro.com, provides visitors with a tour de force of the program, including background on the program’s function and development, as well as research and best practices related to VeriPRO usage.

A slideshow walks visitors through its program set-up and functionality, and a downloadable brochure provides a handy take-away reference. The Research section features PDFs of studies performed by the Howard Leight Acoustical Laboratory in San Diego, CA, on topics such as “Assessing Fit Effectiveness of Earplugs.” The Resource Center provides a direct link for VeriPRO clients to additional program information.

Unlike typical audiometric tests, which measure the softest level at which a listener can hear a tone, VeriPRO utilizes a relative measurement of hearing level. The loudness of a tone in one ear is balanced to a tone in the opposite ear at a known level.

This “loudness-balance” method allows an accurate hearing test to be performed with the employee’s own earplugs, with normal background noise levels found in a typical office or worksite–no special sound booth or accommodations are needed.

VeriPRO calculates the amount of attenuation at each frequency in each ear and displays a Personal Attenuation Rating for each ear. VeriPRO reports allow managers to initiate corrective measures, such as individual fit training, and help companies ensure compliance with OSHA standards. Personal Attenuation Ratings will also help Hearing Conservation program managers in transitioning to the EPA’s expected NRR change from a fixed number to a range.

About Howard Leight by Sperian:
Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight by Sperian has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of hearing protectors in the industrial market and the recognized innovator in protection and people-oriented fit. Howard Leight offers the widest variety of hearing protection devices and technology. Visit Howard Leight online at http://www.howardleight.com

With nearly 6000 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.

Media Contact:
Thomas R. Rankin, APR
(401) 884-4090

For additional information, contact:
Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC
7828 Waterville Road
San Diego, CA 92154
Tel: 800/430-5490
Fax: 401/232-3110
email: rbessette@SperianProtection.com


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