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Personal Protective Equipment In The U.S.


The Regulatory Environment


OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)

Figure 1-1: Top 15 Industries in the VPP (Federal) as of January 31, 2012

OSHA Inspections




PPE Standards

Employer Duty to Pay


Figure 1-2: U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment, 2002 through 2011 (in US $ million)

Historical sales by product category

Table 1-1: Historical PPE Sales for the period from 2007 through 2011 (US $ millions)

Table 1-2: Year-to-year sales growth by category 2007 through 2011 (%)

Projected sales growth

Figure 1-3: Projected U.S. PPE sales growth from 2012 through 2017 (US $ million)

Table 1-3: Projected year-to-year sales growth for the period 2012 through 2017 (%)

Table 1-4: Projected changes in market share by category for the period 2012 through 2017 (%)

Table 1-5: Projected U.S. shipments of body protection/clothing for the period 2012 through 2017 (US $ million)

Economic Factors

Table 1-6: Change in GDP, 2001 - 2011

Global Economic Factors

Table 1-7: Historical and forecast global real gross domestic product (percentage change over previous period)

Rising Manufacturing Costs

Commodity Price Increases

Figure 1-4: 13-month percentage changes in coarse wool prices

Figure 1-5: 13-month percentage changes in fine wool prices

Figure 1-6: 3-month percentage changes in cotton prices

Figure 1-7: 13-month percentage changes in leather hide prices

Figure 1-8: 13-Month Percentage Changes in Plastic Prices

Figure 1-9: 13-Month Percentage Changes in Rubber Prices

Workplace Injury, Illness and Fatality Trends

Table 1-8: Summary of Private Industry Incident Rates (Source: BLS)

Occupational Injuries & Illnesses

Table 1-9: Number of recordable cases, 2008 – 2010.

Table 1-10: Leading event or exposure for selected occupations, all ownerships, 2010

Preparing for an Aging Workforce

Obesity and PPE

Rising Insurance Costs

Figure 1-10: Average Annual Increase in Family Health Insurance Premiums Compared to Other Indicators, 2000 – 2011.

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