Women Struggle to Find Well-Fitting Personal Protective Equipment

J. Keller Poll Reveals Poor Fit Also Impacts Their Feeling of Safety

During Women in Construction week (March 5-11, 2023), a recent poll by the J. J. Keller Center for Market Insights has been released showing, despite growing numbers of women in jobs that require personal protective equipment (PPE), women still have trouble finding PPE that fits them well.

Of the 100 women polled, all of whom have jobs requiring PPE, 84% said they struggle to find properly fitting PPE. And of those women, 75% said ill-fitting PPE impacts their feeling of safety on the job.

These findings echo what the J. J. Keller Center for Market Insights found in its 2022 PPE Pain Points study, in which 35% of PPE buyers found it difficult to locate and purchase items that fit their female employees.

“Some of the safety issues of ill-fitting PPE include loose-fitting apparel getting caught in machinery and decreased grip from larger-than-needed gloves, which can lead to accidents,” said J. J. Keller subject-matter expert and EHS editor Robin Marth.

“Too often, women have been stuck with the ‘shrink it and pink it’ mentality of PPE manufacturers — if there was anything offered at all,” said Bowen Engineering Safety Administrator Autumn Strickler. “Correctly fitted PPE is so important for safety reasons and for making your employees feel valued.”

Recognizing the need for additional PPE sizes that may be more suited to women and wanting to help companies promote safe and respectful workplaces, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recently introduced it J. J. Keller™ SAFEGEAR™ PPE line in women’s sizing. Items in this line were designed specifically with female proportions in mind, and include a variety of hi-vis apparel and gloves.

For more information, visit JJKeller.com/WomensPPE.

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