Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group's website has recently been expanded to provide a wide range of resources to help safety officers and industrial hygienists implement better hearing conservation programs worldwide.
In the Hearing Conservation section, users can find information on global hearing conservation regulations, as well as posters, presentations, literature and other tools to help design, set up and conduct people-oriented hearing conservation programs.
"Despite many years of regulation, the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss continues to rise," said Stephen Streatfeild, Vice President/General Manager of Bacou-Dalloz Australia.
"We believe that successful hearing conservation programs require an active outreach to employees, the people who actually wear hearing protection devices and suffer the consequences if they do not, and our intent with hearingportal.com is to provide managers with a one-stop, evolving resource to improve their hearing conservation programming efforts."
The website offers a number of hearing conservation program aids for download, including a noise thermometer poster, earplug and earmuff instruction posters and a PowerPoint presentation on hearing conservation basics which can be used for training purposes.
Other downloads include a Hearing Glossary and hearing conservation literature.
Regulatory information in the Australia and New Zealand Regulatory section includes information and links relating to the AS/NZS 1269:2005 standard, "Occupational noise management."
Links include noise and hearing health pages on national, state and territorial occupational health organiSation websites.
Technical information on the website is available in a series of short articles, titled "Sound Source," 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 issues cover such topics as: "Understanding Ratings," which describes the various ratings listed on hearing protection device (HPD) packaging;
"Radio earmuffs and noise exposure," identifying actual in-ear noise exposure when wearing AM/FM radio earmuffs; and "A- and C-weighted noise measurements," which explores these different sensitivity scales for noise measurement.
Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight Industries has grown into one of the large 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 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 earplugs and Bilsom 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 specialises 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 Group's 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 Marché of the Euronext stock exchange in Paris, and is part of the SBF 120 index.