Asia- Pacific Personal Protective Equipment market to see high CAGR
For some, an eye-catching architecture laden with automated gadgets and temperature moderators define a work place. However a majority of population faces chemical, physical, mechanical, electrical, and radiological hazards at their workplace. A prolonged exposure of these hazards can cause disastrous effects on the health of the work force. Construction site, medical labs, industries, mines, power plants etc. are some such workplaces which involve health and safety issues. Thus, it seems obvious to use some protective measures to ensure proper health.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn with the intention of protection to the body from any damage. Head protection, fall protection, respiratory protection, hearing protection and the likes fall under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) category. Goggles, Face shields, hearing aids, filter respirators, safety shoes, helmets, aprons, gloves, sunscreen etc. are some of the most common and simple examples of these equipment, though some complicated equipment involves training and customization too. A known and valid use of PPEs dates back to World War I used to avoid inhaling the toxic chemical gases used in the war. Though evidence of use of gloves and hats dates back to eighth century B.C.
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market is rapidly propelling due to the increased awareness among the employers, employees and the government about the health and safety involved at a workplace. North American and European markets lead the PPE market across the globe, though a high CAGR is anticipated by the Asia- Pacific region in the coming years according to the report “Global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Research Report - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2021”.
An increased awareness and strict regulations by the governing bodies is compelling the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the globe. Many agencies such as OSHA, NIOSH and NFPA have policies that ensure the employers follow the necessary safety regulations. The growing economies in the Asia – Pacific region are leading to the growth of construction and manufacturing industries. These industries are the largest users of personal protective equipment. Oil and gas, healthcare sector are also among the biggest application areas for these equipment. The rising threats from H1N1, Ebola virus etc. has lead agencies to set stringent rules and procedures for the use of personal protective equipment ensuring proper usage, storage and cleaning.
Some latest updates about the personal protective equipment (PPE) markets are mentioned below.
- 3M in September introduced a PPE management system easing and regulating the work of EHS professionals. The software tool “Active Safety” uses RFID tags and is capable of recording personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, location, audits, inventory management etc. 3M has a diverse range of products under its personal protective equipment (PPE) category.
- Magid headquartered at Chicago was honoured by new Product Innovation Award in the ASSE Safety Attendee Choice and ISHN Readers’ Choice Awards. Magid has won this award for the 3rd time under this category. The products introduced in the category are Hi-Vi Hand Protection, Eye/Face Protection and FR clothing. Some of its innovative products are D-ROCR High Visibility Palm Coated Work Gloves, Magid GestoneR MystR Featherweight Safety Glasses, Magid AR DefenseTM Base Layer Shirts etc.
- Centre of Disease Control and Prevention has recently introduced PPE guidelines for healthcare professionals for handling Ebola infected patients.
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market anticipates a high global CAGR in the next six years.
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