Personal protective equipment are worn or used to eliminate and reduce exposure to several hazards. Hazards exist in every occupation and workplace in different forms that causes several injuries & illness. Different forms of hazards include sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise etc. Though controlling hazard at its source is the best way for protection, one cannot deny possibilities of such riskier situations. So the personal protective equipment is necessary to avoid serious injuries in such situations. Personal protective equipment acts as a barrier between hazard and that particular person. Some of the examples of personal protective equipment are safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, gloves, hard hats, respirators, vests, full body suits, smart accessories etc.
Trends in Personal Protective Equipment Industry:
Personal protective equipment manufacturers shifted their focus to reducing production cost and simultaneously improving workers safety. It leads them to integrate IoT and safety equipment. For instance, Scott Safety has developed wearables and sensor embedded personal protective equipment with thermal camera and gas mask for firefighters. Even IoT companies recognized the opportunities in this market and are investing time and money to develop smart personal protective equipment for better safety with additional convenience. For instance, in 2016, DAQRI, Autodesk and Mortenson Construction teamed up and developed a wearable augmented-reality system embedded smart helmet, for use in industrial fabrication industries, especially the building and construction industry.
Stringent regulatory framework regarding the safety of employees and increased awareness among employers regarding the importance of safety in the workplace are the major factors influencing the growth of personal protective equipment market globally. Strict regulations enforced by organizations such as NIOSH, OSHA, and NFPA are forcing employers to maintain employee safety, which is expected to continue to steer the market in near future. The rapid pace of industrialization in developing economies is expected to fuel the growth of personal protective equipment market. The emergence of advanced technology and automation in manufacturing processes resulted in improved performance and cost reduction in manufacturing certain personal protective equipment. However, increased automation in end-use sectors, the high cost of certain equipment like Specialized Clothing and low comfort level of personal protective equipment are some of the factors acting as restraints for the growth of this market globally.
In terms of geography, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The growth of personal protective equipment market in North America is expected to exhibit mediocre growth. The strong hold of regulatory bodies such as ANSI, OSHA, and CSA is forcing employers to put efforts on employee safety. Growing end-user industries such as manufacturing, automobile, and transportation are fueling the growth of personal protective equipment market in North America. Growing manufacturing industry in India and China, huge ongoing infrastructure projects, rising construction industry and increased awareness regarding employee safety among employers are the major factors driving the growth of the personal protective equipment market in the Asia Pacific region.
The prominent players from Personal Protective Equipment market are 3M Co, MSA Safety Inc., Ansell Limited, Honeywell International Inc., E I DuPont de Nemours and Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lakeland Industries, Inc., Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., Sioen Industries NV, and Radians, Inc.
Acquisition, partnerships and new product development are the major strategies used by the companies from this market. For instance, in October 2017, 3M acquired Scott Safety from Johnson Controls. This acquisition would enhance the personal safety portfolio of 3M. In Septmber2017, MSA Safety Inc. entered into a partnership with L.N. Curtis and sons, Inc. to distributes and sell the product line of fire service products in the United States and to federal government agencies worldwide. In February 2018, Ansell introduced GAMMEX PI Glove-In-Glove System, and it is claimed to be the world’s first pre-donned double-gloving system.
By Product Type
Eye and Face Protection
- Safety Spectacles
- Welding Shields
- Heat & flame protection
- Chemical defending
- Clean room clothing
- Mechanical protective clothing
- Limited general use
- Breathing Apparatus
Wrist Cuffs and Armlets
- Oil & Gas
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa