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DuPont Sustainable Solutions Launches Hearing Conservation Training

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 18, 2012 – DuPont Sustainable Solutions has released Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control, a new safety training program that helps employees learn how to protect their hearing and manage occupational noise exposure.

According to OSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure site, about 125,000 employees have suffered "significant, permanent hearing loss" since 2004. In 2009 alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 21,000 incidents.

Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control offers a compelling look at the devastation of long-term hearing loss. It follows two fictional employees, who after years of poor decisions are now suffering from hearing loss. They share how the condition developed, how it affects their work and personal lives, and how they cope with it.

This new safety training DVD also discusses the benefits of hearing conservation at work, basic ear anatomy and how and why noise-induced hearing loss occurs. It identifies symptoms of hearing loss, discusses audiometric testing, including time-weighted averages and baseline audiograms, and explains how a "hierarchy of control" – elimination of hazards, engineering and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) – can prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

This timely training parallels efforts by the federal government to address "one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States over the last 25 years."

Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control is available now in English and will be available in Spanish and Portuguese. Additional information is available by calling 800-861-2221 or emailing A free online preview is accessible at


DuPont Sustainable Solutions, one of 13 DuPont business groups, is an integrated global services and technology delivery business. Its offerings are combined into four practice areas: Safety Resources, Sustainable Operations, Training Solutions and Clean Technologies. Together they offer consulting services, products and technologies that help organizations protect people and the environment, use assets more efficiently and improve worker skills and performance. Our training solutions have been used by more than 190,000 employee development professionals in 129 countries to help transfer knowledge and sustain business competitiveness.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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