30 Sep

What’s On The Horizon For PPE

As more sectors continue to prioritize health and safety culture in work spaces, the personal protective equipment industry has experienced a nice boost, and according to Market Research Future, this trend will remain in an upswing for years to come. The PPE industry is estimated to garner over $53 billion by 2023.

What’s Triggering All This Growth?

The growing number of construction projects is one of the driving forces behind the growing demand for personal protective equipment.

Not surprisingly, construction is expected to be the fastest growing application segment for personal protective equipment. There is a sense of urgency when it comes to PPE because it’s critical. It provides a last line of defense against injury, and it saves lives when used properly. Injuries can result in permanent disabilities, blindness, or even death.

PPE Products In High Demand

The growing need for PPE has spurred some pretty creative, innovate products that really stand out.

Pyramex has developed an amazing alternative to regular safety glasses with their Torser line of ‘spoggles’, or safety glasses. These high performing glasses will never fog up, even in hot, humid conditions. Perfect for water blasting and shutdown work.

Another recent PPE item that is making an impression is Advanced Shoe Technology’s Safety Toe Cap. Typically toe caps are made out of steel and are used in work boots to protect toes. However, the steel can pose many dangers such as transferring cold and heat to feet, or accidentally cutting your feet. Instead of steel, this new cap is made from a long-fibered plastic that is extremely strong, but it weighs less, and molds to your feet.

These products represent just a small fraction of the needs PPE products work to fill. PPE is evolving and the world is getting onboard.

Who Are the Global Players?

The PPE market is segmented into four categories: North America, Asia, Pacific, Europe, and the rest of the world. North America takes up the majority of this market as the continent’s construction industry continues to boom.

Europe is expected to grab 23 percent of the market share as they experience significant growth in the sector, due to recent government mandates requiring safety regulations.

Asia Pacific’s PPE consumption is also increasing significantly as safety awareness increases.

The PPE market is broken into respiratory protection, protective clothing, foot and leg protection, eye and face protection, hands and arm protection, head protection, protective communications, fall management equipment, protective eyewear, and others. The sectors the PPE industry primarily serve include aerospace and defense, manufacturing, construction, machinery and electronics, chemical and synthetics, oil and gas, healthcare, transportation, firefighting, and food grade.

Challenges As PPE Demand Grows

One of the most important aspects of PPE is choosing the right PPE for the job. PPE today ranges from basic items like safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, face masks and safety footwear to more cutting edge items that are more expensive, and require training before use. Employers will also have to continue to increase compliance in wearing PPE.

Most injuries that are reported in workplaces come from workers who aren’t using PPE provided in the workplace. Sometimes, there might be a practical reason why employees aren’t using that PPE, but this can often be addressed in choosing PPE with good product design, and confirming that the PPE correlates with the job specifications.

Everything doesn’t work for everybody, so it’s important that workers are involved when choosing and testing PPE to make sure the investment is worthwhile.

For more information on the incoming market trends, you can get a copy of the Market Place Future report here: https://www.qymarketinsights.com/report-detail/80202/request-sample

Resources:
http://www.pyramexsafety.com/about/eye-protection/
https://www.rtpcompany.com/work-boot-safety-toe-cap/

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