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Hearing Protection Training: Free Seminars

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, U.S.A. — May 10, 2010 — Texas employers across the state are invited to attend free seminars in June designed to improve their Hearing Conservation Programs and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss among workers.

The three-hour seminars, "HearForever™: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” are set for Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston, and will provide practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies to enhance occupational hearing conservation programs.

National Hearing Conservation AssociationDr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col. (retired, US Air Force), Hearing Conservation Manager at Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC/Howard Leight®, will host the seminars. Dr. Schulz is past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Dr. Schulz is a Texas native and during her career in the Air Force was stationed for a time at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from Ohio State University.

Designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, safety managers, audiologists, and liability and risk management professionals, the seminars will cover:

  • Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Key Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program
  • Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How They Affect Employers
  • Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors
  • Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources
  • New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies

The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to noon:

  • Monday, June 7 - Dallas, TX, Embassy Suites Dallas – DFW International Airport North at Outdoor World
  • Tuesday, June 8 - San Antonio, TX, Holiday Inn Northwest / Seaworld
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Corpus Christi, TX, Embassy Suites Corpus Christi
  • Thursday, June 10 - Houston, TX, Marriott Houston South at Hobby Airport

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for AIHA and ASSE members.  Attendees will receive free training materials, literature and hearing protection samples. Attendees are also invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations of Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system and QuietDose™ in-ear dosimetry. A complementary continental breakfast is included.

Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to over 2,500 safety professionals on five continents over the past five years. They’re part of Howard Leight’s industry-leading HearForever™ initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

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 noise-induced 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 industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com

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.

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