The global personal protective equipment market was worth US$ 49.5 Billion in 2019. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a collective term used for wearable equipment and gear that protects users against various potential occupational hazards. It primarily includes equipment for the protection of face, eyes, ears, head and feet. According to various government agencies, it is mandatory for workers to wear puncture-resistant safety boots with slip-resistant soles and hard hats to ensure maximum protection against hazards and accidents. As a result, PPE finds extensive application in labor-oriented industries such as chemical, oil and gas, construction and pharmaceutical, wherein injuries can result from contact with physical, chemical, mechanical and radioactive substances.
Rapid industrialization is one of the key factors contributing to the market growth. It has led to an increase in the construction activities across the globe. However, there exists a severe lack in terms of safety measures at construction sites, which has resulted in frequent cases of occupational hazards worldwide, leading to a loss of valuable workforce and time. Consequently, there has been a rise in the awareness of personal and occupational safety among workers and employers to ensure maximum protection at the workplace. Owing to these factors, PPE is now widely incorporated in both developed and emerging economies. Furthermore, various product innovations such as the introduction of smart wearables with sensors that can identify patterns and the presence of hazardous elements in a mine or an oil rig are also catalyzing the market growth. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to grow continuously during the forecast period (2020-2025).
The report has also analysed the competitive landscape of the market with some of the key players being Honeywell International Inc., E I Dupont De Nemours and Co., 3M Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ansell Limited, MSA Safety Inc., Lakeland Industries, Inc., Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., Sioen Industries NV, Radians, Inc., COFRA Holding AG, Avon Rubber P.L.C., Uvex Safety Group, National Safety Apparel, etc.
The global personal protective equipment market was worth US$ 49.5 Billion in 2019.
Due to the increasing prevalence of occupational hazards, there has been a rise in the awareness of personal and professional safety among workers and employers to maximize protection at the workplace. This is boosting the overall sales of personal protective equipment across the globe.
On account of the rising cases of COVID-19 worldwide, governments of numerous countries are increasing their budget to invest in the purchasing and production of PPE. This will ensure that healthcare workers have adequate supplies for fighting the pandemic.
Leading personal protective equipment manufacturers are Honeywell International, Inc., DuPont de Nemours, Inc., 3M Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ansell Limited, MSA Safety Inc., Lakeland Industries, Inc., Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., Sioen Industries NV, Radians, Inc., COFRA Holding AG, Avon Rubber P.L.C. and National Safety Apparel.
The market has been segmented on the basis of the equipment type into the head, eye and face protection; hearing protection; protective clothing; respiratory protection; protective footwear; fall protection; hand protection; and others. Among these, head, eye and face protection accounts for the majority of the total market share.
On the basis of the end use industry, the market has been segregated into manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, healthcare, and others.
At present, North America enjoys the leading position in the market.
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