The market for personal protective devices has been expanding at a rapid rate as a result of the expansion of the industrial sector. It is also projected that the expansion will be accelerated by the growing awareness regarding personal safety that can reduce workplace hazards. Helmets, shield glasses, and goggles are examples of personal protective devices (PPD) that are made to shelter the user from injury or infection. The regulations have been tightened by several US organizations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), mandating that businesses supply PPD. Over the projection period, the segment's growth is anticipated to be driven by rising demand, particularly from the mining, petrochemical, cement, construction, coal, fertilizers, and oil & gas sectors. Due to the adoption of stringent laws and policies in factories and other workplaces by governments in various countries, this market is anticipated to grow over the projected period. This is anticipated to manifest in terms of a rise in personal protective device use among all.
All personal protective equipment must be designed and built safely, and it must be kept in a hygienic and dependable manner. It should be safe enough that can boost the employer's safety at the workplace. Fit issues with personal protective devices might mean the difference between being safely covered and being dangerously exposed. Employers are required to provide personal protective devices to employees and oversee their correct use in situations where engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are impractical or insufficiently protective.
Businesses have increased their market presence through a number of strategic initiatives. For instance, in August 2022, the respiratory protection company Optrel unveiled the P Air Clear, a N95 respirator with a clear window authorized by NIOSH. For educators, healthcare professionals, geriatrics, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, the P Air Clear is a significant improvement. With the additional feature of a clear window, it offers the highest level of protection while reducing the communication barrier that people wearing standard masks may face.
To stop the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading, strict rules like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act were implemented in the United States. Limitations on imports and the rise in demand for personal protective equipment in 2020 encouraged domestic production in all countries for personal protective devices. Various manufacturing companies in developed and developing regions are incorporating automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) into their facilities to enhance productivity and reduce costs of the personal protective devices. The relevance of employee security and protection at workplaces is anticipated to rise among industry players due to the rigorous regulations and high expenses associated with workplace dangers.
Market expansion is anticipated to be fueled by ongoing advancements, such as the development of lighter and more comfortable industrial protective devices made of premium fabric. Demand for protective devices that combines safety with improved aesthetics and technological innovation is anticipated to support market expansion.
Several safety standards have been developed by the government of many different nations in an effort to reduce workplace accidents and uncertainty. In some kinds of work situations, end-use industries like manufacturing, construction, automotive, oil & gas, chemical, food, transportation, and others are mandated by a number of governmental rules and standards to provide workers with protective equipment. Employees must wear protective gear in a variety of professions, including oil and gas, manufacturing, and construction.
New product launches to flourish the market
Trivitron Healthcare created a ground-breaking technology in the creation of space-grade radiation shielding aprons in February 2022. The "SpaceD Radioprotection Apron" product is specially made for medical personnel who must work long hours in operating rooms and imaging facilities.
To help medical staff, Honeywell International Inc. released two new NIOSH-certified respiratory products in May 2022: the DC365 and RU8500X series masks. In order to better protect frontline employees who require a smaller-sized surgical N95, Honeywell created the DC365 Small Surgical N95 Respirator as the next generation of the surgical N95 respirator. The new half-mask respirator (RU8500X series) was created to provide higher levels of filtration efficiency, a secure fit, and breathing comfort in a range of clinical environments. Healthcare personnel can use this product for hours at a time throughout long shifts. This reusable respirator offers high-performing protection (99.9%) and source control to the user and others around them thanks to its filtered exhalation valve and a HEPA P100 filter.
Ansell introduced a new workplace safety product and service brand called Inteliforz in September 2022. According to the company, Inteliforz extends Ansell's safety promise by delivering connected safety solutions to promote improved worker safety and a more motivated workforce. These solutions are based on real-time worker contextual connectivity and actionable mobility data. Ansell has partnered with Modjoul, a top wearables and data analytics firm that provides cutting-edge solutions to improve workplace safety, and Corvex, a top inventor for connected workforce technology, to launch Inteliforz.
By Product: By product, the market for personal protective devices is divided into hand protection, eye & face protection, hearing protection, protective clothing, respiratory protection, protective footwear, fall protection, head protection, and others. The hand protection product category led the market for personal protective devices. Gloves protect hands against chemicals, cuts, burns, and other injuries. The construction, food processing, oil & gas, healthcare, and metal fabrication industries are projected to see a rise in demand for protective gloves due to risks associated with handling warm objects, hazardous materials, and heavy-duty machinery.
By End-use Industry: By end-use industry, the market for personal protective devices is divided into manufacturing, construction, automotive, oil & gas, chemical, food, transportation, and others. Products that are expanding in the food manufacturing sector run a high risk of contamination due to unclean working conditions and worker behavior. The demand for personal protective devices is driven by the several procedures used in the food business, including mixing, cutting, cleaning, and warehousing. The strict laws and regulations in the food industry drive the need for personal protective devices for workers. In the U.S., numerous initiatives are being made to strengthen the supply chain for personal protective devices. Increasing domestic production capacity, stockpiling, and supply chain control and monitoring are three main categories into which these initiatives can be divided. Also, to expand healthcare workers' personal protective device options, the U.S. FDA has released an enforcement strategy.
By Region: The personal protective devices market is divided by region into North America, Europe, Asia- Pacific, and LAMEA. The personal protective device market was dominated by North America because of the region's well-established end-use industries like manufacturing, construction, automotive, oil & gas, chemical, food, transportation, and others, and the widespread acceptance of personal protective devices in the healthcare industry. Due to the stringent regulatory environment and harsh penalties for non-compliance, which force businesses to use personal protective devices frequently, the U.S. has a high personal devices product penetration rate.
Competitive analysis and profiles of the major personal protective devices market players, such as 3M, ANSELL LTD., DuPont, ALPHAPROTECH, AVON PROTECTION, Bullard, Honeywell International Inc., Delta Plus Group, Lakeland, Inc, Mallcom (India) Limited, are provided in this report. These companies have adopted key strategies such as product launches and acquisitions to improve their portfolio and stay competitive.
Personal Protective Devices Market Report Highlights
By End-use Industry
Key Market Players
delta plus, Lakeland Inc., 3M, avon rubber plc, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Ansell Limited, Honeywell International Inc., Mallcom (India) Ltd, bullard, Alpha Pro Tech Ltd.