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Personal Protective Equipment In The U.S.

Style, Customization & Comfort Factors

PPE Misuse Linked to Lack of Comfort

Manufacturer Distribution Points: Mostly Intermediary

Sales Force Structure

Marketing & Promotion

Internet Will Play Increasingly Greater Role in promoting PPE

Social Media

Mobile Applications

Workplace Safety Blogs

Governmental Agencies Promoting PPE

Trade Shows

Table 1-11: Upcoming Safety Conferences and Expos, 2012-2013

PPE in the Workplace

Understanding Demand for PPE in the Workplace

Table 1-12: Top 10 Most Common Injuries at Work

Overview of the Four Key Sectors That Utilize PPE

Natural Resources & Mining Sector

Growth Potential

Figure 1-11: Number of persons employed in coal mining 1985 through 2010


Employment Trends in the Construction Sector

Table 1-13: Construction Employment 2002 through 2011 (thousands)


Manufacturing sector trends

Table 1-14: Number of Private Manufacturing Establishments 2001 through 2011


Chapter 2 Market Definition


Product Definitions

Body Protection Products

Table 2-1: Body Protection Product Types

Table 2-2: Effectiveness of Protective Materials Against Chemical Degradation

Hand Protection Products

Figure 2-1: Cut and Abrasion Resistant Gloves

Table 2-3: Glove Materials Used for Chemical Protection

Foot Protection Products

Figure 2-2: PPE: Steel-toed Shoes

Head Protection Products

Figure 2-3: Head Protection

Eye and Face Protection Products

Figure 2-4: PPE: Eye Goggles

Ear Protection Products

Figure 2-5: Ear Protection: Earmuffs

Respiratory Protection Products

Figure 2-6: PPE: Respirator

The Regulatory Environment


OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)

Figure 2-7: Growth of Federal and State VPP Sites, 1999-2012

Figure 2-8: Top 15 Industries in the VPP (Federal) as of January 31, 2012

OSHA Inspections




PPE Standards

Hand Protection

Foot Protection

Head Protection

Eye and Face Protection

Ear Protection

Table 2-4: Permissible Noise Levels and Exposure Limits

Body Protection

Respiratory Protection

Employer Duty to Pay

Employer duty to provide PPE and training


Chapter 3 Category Performance

Market Size and Growth

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