Bilsom® Leightning L-Zero Series

March 10, 2006

Hearing Safety Group Introduces Bilsom® Leightning® L-Zero Series
-- Extension of popular line designed for marginal noise environments
-- Features ultraslim earcups in folding and neckband models

Smithfield, RI -- The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group has extended its popular line of Bilsom® Leightning® earmuffs with a new L-Zero (L0) Series. Designed to provide reliable protection from intermittent or marginal noise hazards, the L0 Series features an ultraslim earcup design with less weight and bulk than standard earmuffs, and is available in Folding (L0F) and Neckband (L0N) models.

"The idea behind the Leightning L0 Series is to provide convenient and reliable protection for workers who are not exposed to high levels of noise and need a compact earmuff solution," said Renee Bessette, COHC, Senior Marketing Communications Specialist for the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group. "Lower attenuation ratings provide targeted protection, and the extremely lightweight design provides added comfort. Ultraslim earcups on the L0F Folding model fold down to less than four inches wide, allowing them to be carried conveniently in a belt pouch, while the L0N Neckband model fits comfortably around the neck and under welding helmets and other PPE."

Like their sister products in the Bilsom Leightning line, L0 Series earmuffs incorporate a new, patented Air Flow Control™ technology that provides improved low frequency attenuation and more consistent attenuation across all frequencies.

The Bilsom Leightning L0F Folding model with steel wire construction and padded headband provides noise rated protection of NRR 23. The L0N Neckband model with ultraslim earcups and attached elastic headband for better positioning provides rated protection of NRR 22. Both models will be available in April 2006.

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 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 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.