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Personal Protective Equipment in the U.S.

SBI estimates the U.S. market for personal protective equipment (PPE) will top $13 billion in 2012. As the economy begins to heat up, U.S. PPE sales should exceed $14.1 billion in 2013, which represents an 8.2 percent increase over the 2012 figure. The strengthening global economy should increase the growth rate in 2015 with PPE sales in the U.S. anticipated to hit $16.7 billion.

The Personal Protective Equipment sector is comprised of a group of products that are designed to protect users from occupational hazards, injuries and illnesses. Categories covered include:

Body Protection and Protective Clothing Hand and Foot Protection Head and Face Protection Respiratory Protection

The report provides data on shipments, imports and exports for the personal protective equipment market and the four categories within the market. In most cases, historical data are provided for a 10-year period back to 2002. The report also identifies key economic and market trends affecting the industry and profiles key manufacturers, highlighting their strengths, performance, product portfolios and significant recent events. Also included are marketing, distribution and retail overview, outlining aspects of getting the products to market, and an end-user segment analysis.

Report data were gathered from:

Shipment statistics for personal protective equipment —reports published by the U.S. Census Bureau, including the Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM) and the U.S. Economic Census Import and export data —the Commerce Department’s USA Trade Online website Revenues for manufacturers —company reports and SEC filings End-User data —sources include The Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.

Table of Contents :


Chapter 1
Executive Summary
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

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